Sin can so easily slip into our lives. Sometimes it is ‘small sin’ – unkind thoughts, jealous thoughts, angry thoughts. We catch ourselves quickly, often wonder where that thought came from, and we seek forgiveness from God in order to mend our relationship with Him. Maybe we do not check it so soon and the thoughts become words. Then we must also seek to mend that human relationship with the one we offended or hurt. In both cases we must look within to find the cause of the sin and work to make that right as well.
Sometimes the temptation is a little bigger and we succumb to it. The pull is more that we think we can withstand on our own and the draw is greater than our desire to turn to God for help. We head down a road we know we should not be on, moving forward anyway. We have all been here before and will probably be there again. Maybe we did not go as far as David went but we can certainly relate.
Nathan was a true friend to David and he was faithful to God. He had these two characteristics we all need in those closest to us. Led by God, Nathan came and spoke truth into David’s life. He called him out and forced David to look at his sin. I am positive that David knew he was sinning every step of the way. We always do too. David just needed a good friend like Nathan to name it so that he could own it.
Do you have a Nathan or two in your life? Are you a Nathan to a couple people close to you who you value? No matter how big or small we each are in the grand scheme of life, we all need to have accountability partners. I need people willing to say, “John, we need to talk.” Others need me to do this for them. It is together that we grow in faith; in community we are each better. May we each be the iron that sharpens iron.
Scripture reference: 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a