So then, my friends, because of God's great mercy to us I appeal to you:
Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service
and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer.
God spoke to David after he fell into sin with Bathsheba reveals a very
powerful truth. In 2Samuel 12:7-9, the Bible says, and Nathan said to
David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed
thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; And
I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom,
and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too
little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.
Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in
his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast
taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the
children of Ammon.
God reminded David of the mercies He had shown to him. Maybe David was
beginning to forget that it was God that had been keeping him and
lifting him. Maybe David's success was getting into his head and now, he
had fallen into sin with Bathsheba, killed her husband and was trying to
cover up his sin. Remembering God's mercies can humble us and motivate
us to keep yielding ourselves to God and doing His will. It is by His
mercies we are what we are, and not by our strength or wisdom. You can
appreciate God and acknowledge His mercies by humbling yourself and
yielding yourself to God.
While pride makes some people fall, some other people fall because of
fear or lack of hope. Remembering God's mercies and faithfulness can
also stir up hope in your heart. If God could keep you and see you
through in the past, He will keep you and see you through now. You have
a history with God. Draw from it, be strong, and keep moving on.
PRAYER FOCUS: Thank God for His mercies and for making you a
partaker of His divine nature. Ask Him for grace to always act right and
live right to the glory of His name.