Adultery is one of the most painful experiences anyone can go through.
Adultery destroys lives, destroys families, and goes against the very nature of God and his design for marriage.
Most of us have in some way, been affected by adultery. The consequences are far-reaching and far lasting.
Bathsheba was an adulteress.
King David was probably well known by Bathsheba’s family. Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, was one of King David’s soldiers. Her father was one of David’s thirty mighty men, and her grandfather was David’s advisor.
One day, David saw a woman bathing on the roof of her house. He inquired about her and found out that she was the wife of Uriah and daughter of Eliam. He sent messengers to her, and she came to him. They committed adultery, and she got pregnant. Long story short, David had Bathsheba’s husband killed, the prophet Nathan rebuked David, and their child died.
You can read the whole story in 2 Samuel 11 and 12.
King David repented. He asked God create in him a new heart and renew a right spirit within him. God forgave him and restored him, but from that time on David’s kingdom was never at rest. There was constant turmoil in his household.
David married Bathsheba, and they had another son whom they named Solomon. 2 Samuel 12:25 tells us that God loved this little boy and called him Jedidiah which means “beloved of the Lord.”
Jedidiah is a testimony of God’s grace and redeeming love.
Psalm 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgression from us.”
Maybe you have experienced the pain of adultery. Maybe adultery is a part of your story. If it is, God has the power to heal and restore every part of your heart and mind. He wants to give you beauty for ashes and a garment of praise for a Spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3).
1 John 1:8 says, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Confess your sin to God today. Ask Him to forgive you and cleanse you. Thank Jesus for making all things new in your life. Thank Him for helping you to forgive. Submit your heart to Him today knowing that He is the Faithful One who will never leave you or forsake you.
Author: Melissa Holmlund