After David killed Goliath (1 Samuel 17), another giant killed David: Lust. As the new king of Israel, David could have anything he wanted, so he decided to use his royal power to satisfy his sexual desire. He stole another man’s wife, impregnated her, and killed her husband to cover his tracks. David, who was supposed to be a “man after God’s own heart,” was now a man after his own flesh. Nevertheless, God intervened in love and brought a message of repentance and forgiveness to David through the prophet Nathan. Reflecting on his sin and God’s grace, David later wrote, “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away…Then I acknowledged my sin…and you forgave the guilt of my sin.” Lust, adultery, murder, and a year of no confession, yet God’s grace was still great enough to forgive all the guilt David had incurred.
Like David, you may be hiding the sexual sin of your past. You may fear the repercussions of what you’ve done. While there may be consequences to this sin, the spiritual consequences were absorbed by Jesus on the cross. The guilt, the shame, the sin, the punishment, the anger, everything. Jesus forgave it and rose from the dead to make you new in the sight of God. So, confess to him freely and know that his grace is sufficient for you!