Sea of Forgetfulness


“Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”

-James 1:15:

We don’t fear sin enough. We see it glorified and celebrated in the culture around us. As followers of Christ, we CANNOT minimize sin, we must see it for what it is and then respond biblical. Our biblical response to sin should be immediate confession and repentance. Then extreme gratitude for what Christ has already done on the cross. I heard a song this weekend for the first time, What Sin?. It has a powerful chorus:

What sin, what sin?

That’s as far away

As the east is from the west

What sin, what sin?

It was gone the very minute you confessed

Buried in the sea of forgetfulness

Praise God for the forgiveness for sin we have available through Jesus Christ!

James outlines a process of falling deeper and deeper into sin. Sin is an act or feeling that transgresses something forbidden or ignores something required by God’s law or character, whether in thought, feeling speech, or action. There are two broad categories of sin. Sins of omission are ones where we fail to do what we should; sins of commission are ones where we do what we shouldn’t. Either way, Christ has paid the penalty for each and every sin. This payment only applies if you accept the free gift of God’s amazing grace!

Sin is a process, not an event. This passage uses the imagery of childbirth. Anybody who has been around a woman giving birth knows how long and arduous the process is. You don’t just show up and pick up a baby! The same goes for sin. A married man or woman doesn’t just wake up in the bed of someone not their spouse. They are deceived by satan, then the desire becomes stronger as their thoughts and eyes linger longer and longer on what is forbidden. There may be moments of flirtation and then the mind goes crazy. Eventually, this sin grows up and gives birth to death. Adultery kills relationships. This process applies to every sin; some processes move faster than others. For me, it’s food. A craving enters my mind as I drive by a restaurant… eventually, I must have that food and go out of my way to smell it… then “give in” and get it. If I keep it up, my “Mac attacks” will eventually result in a heart attack (death!).

The only way to stop this process is through Christ. Christ not only set you free from the penalty of sin, but from the power of sin over your life. Positional freedom in Christ is a fact; practical freedom is an ongoing process of learning to listen to the still, small voice of God.

What about you?

Where in the process of sin are you?

Do you think you are beyond the help of God? You aren’t.

Do you feel that if you are this far down the road, you might as well continue? You shouldn’t.

How can you practically get help from God and others to help you apply the overcoming power of Christ to your sin?

Have you let Christ bury your sin in the sea of forgetfulness?

God’s Calling



The story of Isaiah is one of my favorite Bible stories. Specifically, I have been thinking of his call to ministry lately. Isaiah 6 is a record of a vision Isaiah received of heaven. He saw God sitting on a throne and seraphim flying around God, worshipping Him, loudly proclaiming, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!” What a scene. Isaiah also falls in worship. And then, God speaks to Isaiah. He asks, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” Without hesitation, Isaiah answered, “Here I am, send me!” He didn’t know exactly where he was going, he didn’t know what he was going to say, he didn’t know how he was going to get there, and he didn’t know if he’d be received by the people. But, he knew God had called him. He knew God would answer all of the questions in time. He knew he just needed to say YES!

While I haven’t had any visions of the throne room, and God hasn’t spoken to me audibly, He has called me to reach the lost, hurt, broken, and confused. He has asked me to serve the community of Colorado Springs, calling people to freedom in Christ. This is an exciting time for the Maxon family.

Three years ago, Lyndsey, Cora, and I moved to Colorado Springs to pastor a church on the eastside. When we got there, we noticed that the church constitution included the stated desire to plant a church every five years. I asked the leaders how many churches had been planted in the 50-year history… the answer was zero. So, we began to pray for God to bring someone with a heart for church planting to the church to receive training and equipping so we could send them out. I had no idea it would be me. Over the past six months, we felt a growing conviction for the lost souls in Colorado Springs. We approached the elders about sending us to another part of the city to start a new work, and they agreed. As we were talking with other friends, we were drawn to John 8:36: “So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.”

There are hundreds of thousands of people in Colorado Springs who are living in slavery to sin and self. They have not experienced the freedom that Christ offers. This is unacceptable. We must do something.

I have been tasked with planting a church that will take the message of freedom to those in Colorado Springs who need to hear it. I am asking you to join us in this journey. We are looking for prayer partners, financial partners, and partners to join us in person. I’d love to talk with you about the possibilities of partnering together to bring freedom to Colorado Springs. Don’t be surprised if I give you a call or send a message in the next few weeks. Or, you can check out the web page for Freedom Church.

In Christ,

Scott Maxon

Meet our founding partners!

lead team


Responding to Enemies – Part 3 of 3


So far, we have seen six biblical responses to our enemies: love them, bless them, lend to/invest in them, do good to them, pray for them, and do not rejoice when they fall. Today, we look at the final three responses.

But, before we do, have you felt convicted of anything over the past few posts? Is God bringing to light any mistreatment of your enemies on your behalf? Have you been able to love them? Pray for them? If not, what is preventing you from following these biblical commands? If so, what has been their response?

Okay, back the responses…

  1. Treat them as you would like to be treated. This is the golden rule, the royal law. Luke 6:31 plainly says, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” It doesn’t get any more straightforward than that. This is another response that is easy to say we believe it, but another thing to actually do it. Yes, I want to be extended grace… but do I want to show others grace? By its very definition, grace is unearned, it is free. But how often do we put conditions upon our grace? When we do, it isn’t grace; it becomes a performance based response. This isn’t biblical. I am so grateful that God does not deal with me based upon my performance… yet I require others to perform in order to earn my grace. This is especially true of “enemies.” They must repent before I forgive them. They must pay an eye-for-an-eye before they are no longer an enemy. Nope. That’s not what the Bible says…
  2. Help with their need or burdens. This is where the Bible gets very practical. In Exodus 23:5, it says “If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help them with it.” The modern equivalent of this would be to see your enemy stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire or empty gas tank. You may want to smile or laugh as you pass by, but that would not be a biblical response. You need to roll up your sleeves, help them with the tire, or give them a ride to the gas station and then pay for their gas! Proverbs also instructs us, “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink” (25:21). When you see an enemy of yours who needs something or is burdened, HELP THEM! You will notice that there are no conditions on these responses. Help them if… Nope, you just help them.
  3. Turn the other cheek. Enemies will strike you. They will come after you. That is why they are considered enemies. Listen to Jesus’ recommendation: “If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes you coat, do not withhold your shirt from them” (Luke 6:29). Can you imagine the patience, the calmness it takes to do this? If someone hits me, I’m looking for them with a clenched fist and burning anger. If someone takes my coat, I try to take it back. How are we to do this? This is where I offer some useful tip or story, but I can’t. Honestly. I’m obviously still working through this one.

In light of these nine responses to our enemies, what should we do. If I may make a few suggestions:

  1. Start with prayer. While it is number five on the list, this is the one where I believe we should start. There is something that happens when you enter the throne room of God and humbly ask His blessings upon your enemy.
  2. Realize that you are powerless to change the other person. You can’t change them, only God can. You are responsible for your actions, so do everything you can to follow the nine responses outlined above and let God do the rest. I know it is cliché to say “Let God be God,” but it is true nonetheless. I believe this is what Paul had in mind when he said, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” (Romans 12:18). Be open to reconciliation, but let God work on them.
  3. Don’t go it alone. You must not only turn this all over to God, but seek godly council from wiser men and women. Avoid gossip and slander at all costs; approach them with humility, be gentle and gracious, and be open to rebuke, encouragement, and challenges. You may not be seeing the situation clearly. Mentors can help.

These are the nine biblical responses to your enemies.

I often wonder how this would look for a government to embrace these ideas about foreign policy and war. I often wonder how these principles could work on a local level to transform communities or the local church. Mostly, I wonder how many families would be reconciled if we truly tried to live out our faith when responding to enemies or perceived enemies.

Responding to Enemies – Part 2 of 3


Enemies. We all have them even if we don’t know who they are. In my last blog, we looked at the first three biblical responses to our enemies.

How’d you do with loving, blessing, or lending to your enemies? Did you get spit upon? Attacked more? Did you start to see their heart soften? Please comment below and let me know!

We continue with the next three responses.

  1. Do good to them. Twice in Luke 6, Jesus says we are to “do good” to our enemies (vv. 27 and 35). This means we are to be merciful, gracious, benevolent, cheerful towards, happy for, comforting, and pleasant. There is a lot contained in the simple phrase to “do good.” Once again, we find ourselves going out of our ways to bring joy to our enemies. We look for ways to make them happy, to help them fulfill their dreams and desires. This is all starting to sound counter-cultural. We live in a dog-eat-dog world, where we are told we must look out for number one (with number one implied as being yourself). But Jesus’ words flip the cultural standard upside down. We are to be humble, to be low, to be a servant, to seek the good of others, even our enemies, above our own welfare.
  2. Pray for them. “Pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:28); “Pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). This one is easy, at least in theory. Prayer means I can keep them at an arms distance. That I don’t have to get close to them, physically anyway. What I have experienced though is another story. When I start praying for someone that may be my enemy, I notice that my heart changes. I start to genuinely care about them. When I am in conflict with someone, I have to pray for them. Oftentimes, God changes my heart enough to where I can truly start to love, bless, lend to, and do good for them. On a lighter note, this reminds me of a country song. Yes, I said a country song. Here are some of the lyrics:

I haven’t been to church since I don’t remember when

Things were goin’ great ’til they fell apart again

So I listened to the preacher as he told me what to do

He said you can’t go hatin’ others who have done wrong to you

Sometimes we get angry, but we must not condemn

Let the good Lord do His job and you just pray for them


I pray your brakes go out runnin’ down a hill

I pray a flowerpot falls from a window sill and knocks you in the head like I’d like to

I pray your birthday comes and nobody calls

I pray you’re flyin’ high when your engine stalls

I pray all your dreams never come true

Just know wherever you are honey, I pray for you

Verse 2: 

I’m really glad I found my way to church

‘Cause I’m already feelin’ better and I thank God for the words

Yeah I’m goin’ take the high road

And do what the preacher told me to do

You keep messin’ up and I’ll keep prayin’ for you

I don’t think this is what Jesus had in mind… In fact, I know this isn’t the type of prayer Jesus had in mind. I think David’s words from Psalm 35 are more appropriate: “Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me. Take up shield and armor; arise and come to my aid. Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me. Say to me, ‘I am your salvation.’” (vv. 1-3). David prays for justice and vengeance to be in God’s hands alone. We ask for God to be our defender. As I often say, truth wins.

  1. Do not rejoice when they fall. The writer of Proverbs says “Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them” (24:17-18). Since we know that truth wins, and that God is justice, it is only a matter of time until our enemy has to answer for what happened. If this occurs before judgment day, and we are around to witness it, we are not to rejoice or let our heart yell “yipeeeee!” We are to remain humble and continue to pray for them.

These three responses to our enemies are hard enough. When you add the first three and the next three, they become impossible. So, I want to pause and let you know that you are NOT going to be able to do this by your own will power. I often tell our church that the commands in Scripture are not “try harder stupid” commands. They include some assumptions that we must understand. First, we respond to our enemies this way because they are also made in the image of God. They are deeply loved by God, and we should love them as well. Second, if we were to truly evaluate our own sin, we would see just how much God has forgiven us, how much grace has been shown to us. In turn, we would forgive and extend grace, no matter what our enemy has done. All sin hurts the heart of God. Finally, we must rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to enable us to live holy and pleasing lives. Our strength is never enough.

Next time, we finish up our biblical responses to our enemies.

Responding to Enemies – Part 1 of 3


For the most part, I don’t think I have any human enemies. I know folks that don’t like me, but I wouldn’t classify them as enemies. But then again, a successful enemy is able to blind-side you, to bring you down without you even knowing it. Perhaps that is why Satan is so effective. We let our guard down and don’t always see him as an enemy. But, I’m getting ahead of myself… I don’t want to talk about our spiritual enemies, yet. Today, I want to focus on human enemies. Specifically, I’m interested in what Scripture says should be our attitude towards them.

EN’EMY, n.: A foe; an adversary. A private enemy is one who hates another and wishes him injury, or attempts to do him injury to gratify his own malice or ill will. (Webster)

This definition brings up more questions… What is hate? What type of injury? Who defines “ill will”?

Is someone who disagrees with you considered an enemy? In our volatile and unsettling political landscape, we have two parties that seem to be enemies of each other. Which is strange because everyone should be on the same side, fighting for what is right and good for America. After all, don’t we all want to make America great again? Of course, we may disagree on the best approach, but the hatred, animosity, and venom coming out of D.C. is sickening. But, I’m not here to talk about politics… Maybe some other time.

Regardless of whether or not we include those who don’t like us in the category of enemies, what we are going to see applies to all relationships. However, these principles apply specifically to those we consider enemies.

THE BIBLE RECORDS NINE WAYS WE ARE TO RESPOND TO OUR ENEMIES. Over the next week, we will look at all nine of them. Let’s start with the first three:

  1. Love them. What? No way, not possible. Yet, Jesus was clear when He said: “But to you who are listening, I say: Love your enemies…” (Luke 6:27). Love is simply meeting needs. This means you must find out what your enemy needs, and meet that need. I struggle with this because the last thing I want to do is spend enough time with my enemy to learn what they truly need. I may know they need a swift kick in the rear, or to admit their mistakes. But, what do they think they need? That takes time, that takes sacrifice.
  2. Bless them. Here is another one that is near impossible. Bless them? Jesus continues, “bless those who curse you…” (Luke 6:28). Paul adds, “bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse” (Romans 12:14). The last thing I want to do when my enemy is near is to bless them. Here is someone who has been hurting me (emotionally, spiritually, or physically) and all I can think about is revenge. But Scripture is clear, I am to bless them. Bless means “To pronounce a wish of happiness to one; to express a wish or desire of happiness.” We not only pray for them (we’ll talk about that in a minute), but we are to wish them happiness, success, prosperity… bless them? Tough words.
  3. Lend to-invest in them. Jesus continues His instruction: “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back…” (Luke 6:35). It is bad enough that I must love and bless my enemies, but now Jesus wants me to invest in them? This means not only giving them material goods, which I might be able to do, but investing in people means giving up the precious resource of time. It means sacrificing something that I can never get back. Time is valuable, and we must lend to them, unconditionally, without expecting anything in return. It may also mean giving them gifts. And I’m not talking about books centered around how awful of a person they are. It means thoughtful gifts, gifts that take time to think through. As a pastor, I occasionally get books left on my desk with no notes or explanation, which leaves me guessing as to the motive. My favorite two have been one on preaching (so, is this a “hint” that I need to work on my preaching-I’m trying!) and one on parenting (my daughter is amazing, and so is my wife, so I didn’t know what to think about this one). Perhaps these are people who are trying to invest in me-so thank you!

As we go through these responses, perhaps some names of people who are “enemies” of yours are coming into your mind. Start looking for tangible ways to love, bless, and lend to them. I’d love to hear your thoughts, especially any practical experiences you have with these.

Lessons from Ezra


At the community Bible study on Monday, we were talking about the story of Ezra and Nehemiah (We are leading a group of people through The Story). As you recall, Ezra and Nehemiah were put in charge of the rebuilding projects in Jerusalem: the wall and the Temple. Through this physical rebuilding, God also started to rebuild His people’s lives.

Ezra made a long trip from Babylon to Jerusalem to begin the process. Read Ezra 7:8-10:

8 Ezra arrived in Jerusalem in the fifth month of the seventh year of the king. 9 He had begun his journey from Babylon on the first day of the first month, and he arrived in Jerusalem on the first day of the fifth month, for the gracious hand of his God was on him. 10 For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.

A few items I’d like to point out:

  1. He traveled for four months in safety and with the permission of the ruling government because “the gracious hand of his God was on him” (v. 9). God’s grace is so amazing! God knew from before the foundation of the world that Ezra would be making this trip to help bring God’s people back to Him. God knows what you are going through as well.
  2. You will notice that Ezra was devoted to the Word. What does it mean to be devoted? Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines devoted as “Appropriated by vow; solemnly set apart or dedicated; consecrated.” To be devoted to the Word means you are dedicated to it, it is a passion of yours, and something you surround your life with. So often, we think we can do our “devotions” in the morning and be done. NO! Our devotions should inform our entire life. Every decision we make, every word we speak, every thought we have, should be filtered through the lens of God’s Word. That’s devotion.
  3. Ezra devoted himself to the Word in three ways: study, observance (obey), and teaching. These should be our devotions as well. To study means we do more than simply read the Bible. We learn it, we memorize it, we seek to understand every jot and tittle in it. We ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate it for us. We also observe or obey what it says. Remember what James says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” There are many commands that are contained in the Bible, but Jesus summarized it to two: Love God and love your neighbor. Do these things! Finally, Ezra devoted himself to teaching the law of God. You don’t want to be that person who knows everything about the Bible but never shares it! Once you know and understand God’s Word, you are on the hook to teach it to someone else. This doesn’t mean you sit them down in a classroom and teach them, but you teach them by your lifestyle, you share what you are learning with your family and friends. When I became a college professor, it was amazing how much better I understood concepts and ideas that I had spent four years in undergrad studying and three years in grad school. When you must teach something, you learn it better. That is why we must all be Bible students and Bible teachers.

During Holy week, I’d like you to consider four areas God calls His people to focus on in the story of Ezra/Nehemiah. God called His people to: 1) refocus on God, 2) recenter on His plan for our lives, 3) remember who God is, and 4) rebuild our relationship with Him.

There is no time like the present to rededicate your life to Christ.

Confronting Sin


Appealing to those Living in Sin

2 Samuel 11-12

Sin is often defined as “Missing the mark.” What mark? God’s Word. He has standards of behavior that govern our thoughts, actions, and speech. Anytime we don’t meet those standards, we are sinners. It sounds harsh, but it is true. We are all sinners, and the “wages of sin is death.” We deserve death, hell, and eternal separation from God. But there is a way out. Jesus Christ. You see, “Christ died for us while we were still sinners.” God has made a way for us to be forgiven through Jesus Christ. We don’t have to live or die in sin. We just need to say yes to Jesus!

We all know someone who is living in sin. It may even be us. If a person is living in sin and one desires to appeal to them to turn from their sin, there are six steps one must follow. A word of caution: you are NOT God, so don’t try to play God. You don’t save people; you simply point them to Christ. You don’t convict people of their sin, that is the role of the Holy Spirit.

You can read the story of David and Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11, but here is a brief synopsis:

2 Samuel 11 opens up with David taking a night-time stroll on his rooftop when he should have been off with his army fighting. He notices a woman bathing, decides he must have her as his own and takes her. She becomes pregnant and David decides to fix the issue. He recalls the woman’s husband from battle so that he can sleep with her and get the credit for the baby. The man refuses. So David sends him back to battle and instructs the commander to place him in a position where he will be killed. This occurs. David then takes the woman as his own, and nobody is the wiser… At least that’s what David thinks…

Nathan is a prophet. God appears to Nathan and sends him to David to confront David about his sin. We can learn a lot about how to appeal to those we know who are living in sin by seeing what Nathan does. Follow along in your Bible.

Nathan used six steps in appealing to David to acknowledge his adultery.

Step 1. Appeal by sharing a story that illustrates the sin and wait for their reaction to the illustration.

2 Samuel 12:1-4: “The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, ‘There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. 4 Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.’”

“The Lord sent Nathan to David…”

It is not your job to be the “sin police,” going around looking for sinners to condemn. Wait upon the Lord. The Lord will prompt you to speak to someone. If you feel the urge, ask yourself, is this God asking me, or do I have ulterior motives? Will the confrontation be out of love, or something else?

Nathan tells a great story to David, appealing to him as a shepherd, and then waits for his response. David was a shepherd before he became king. The story Nathan shared would have penetrated deep into David’s past and reminded him of how helpless little lambs were. As a shepherd, this would have infuriated David.

2 Samuel 12:5-6: “David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.’”

 If they react to the illustration, then confront them. Their conscience is convicting them.

If they are indifferent, it indicates their conscience is seared. Do not correct them or they will attempt to get even with you. Instead, pray and ask God to continue to convict them, to show them their sin for what it is.

Step 2. Appeal by confronting them with their sin, using the illustration as an example.

2 Samuel 12:7a: “Then Nathan said to David, ‘You are the man!’”

“You are that man!”

You can picture David, burning with anger one moment, then hanging his head in guilt the next. Nathan made the connection between the story and what David had done.

Step 3. Appeal by sharing how God has blessed them in the past and what God’s desire is for them in the future.

2 Samuel 12:7-8: “Then Nathan said to David, ‘You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.’’”

David had it all. He focused on the one thing he couldn’t have.

Why do we tend to focus on what we think God is withholding instead of rejoicing in what He has given us? As king, David could have had any woman who wasn’t already married. Instead, he went after someone he shouldn’t, someone he couldn’t have. How often do we go after what we shouldn’t? It is a story as old as time. In the Garden of Eden, Satan drew Adam and Eve’s attention away from everything God had given them, and focused their attention on the ONE tree they couldn’t have.

Step 4. Appeal by asking them why they have turned their back on God’s Word and despised it while God was observing them in their sin.

2 Samuel 12:9a: “Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes?”

Remember, it is God, through His Word, that defines right and wrong; that shows us our sin.

The Word is a mirror that we can hold up to our lives. Don’t measure your spirituality on those around you, but measure it against Christ. Are you growing more and more Christlike? Are you maturing in your faith?

Step 5. Appeal by describing the whole scope of their sin.

2 Samuel 12:9b: “You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.”

David had acted selfishly. He did not see (or want to accept) how his sin impacted others. When we are in our sin, we don’t think clearly. Keep this in mind as you talk with other people about theirs. They may not know (or want to admit) what they are doing is wrong. They may be focused on the good feelings instead of seeing how their sin hurts the heart of God. We need someone to take a step back and show us the entire nature of our sin.

Step 6. Appeal by sharing the consequences this particular sin will bring to them personally.

2 Samuel 12:10-11: “Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own. 11This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight.’”

Listen to what happened as a result of David’s sin:

-Uriah died; one of David’s 30 mighty men, one of his closest friends.

-Joab, the military commander, knew the truth, do you think he would trust David again?

-Bathsheba, his new wife, knew the truth, do you think she could trust David? I can hear the conversation now: “David, I know you are restless, why are you getting up in the middle of the night… who is she??”

-The child that Bathsheba conceived would go on to die.

-David’s family would bicker and fight his entire life. Son against father, son against son, son against daughter. David’s family was a train wreck after this incident.

If you follow these six steps, the desire response is repentance.

2 Samuel 12:13: “Then David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’”

Note, David repented, God forgave. David is still a “man after God’s own heart,” but there were still earthly consequences. When we confront folks in sin, we need to remind them that the punishment has been paid for eternity, but there are still consequences. If you do something stupid, God is not your “get out of jail” free card.

Are you living in sin? What can you learn and apply from David’s life?

Do you know someone living in sin? Confront them, biblically!

Matthew 18:15-17: 15If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.”

Psalm 51 is David’s song of repentance following this grievous sin. You can pray Psalm 51 and ask God for forgiveness.


This blog contains material from Motivating with Scripture by John Regier.  Used with permission.  Scripture quotations are from the New International Version.

Originally preached February 12, 2017 at the evening worship service at Faith Bible Church, Colorado Springs.