THE SERVANT GENERAL
FAILING IN HOLINESS – 2
2 Samuel 11:1-17
David was chosen, anointed, appointed and empowered. He was
God’s holy warrior, a man after God’s own heart.
But he was also a sinner, a great one. He committed adultery
with Bathsheba and committed murder on her husband Uriah (2
is ironic that many who are destined for greatness are also
susceptible to great sin. But it is a reality. We are all
sinners, even as we strive for holiness. And it is also a
reality that God often makes use of great sinners. Consider
Saul who became the great apostle Paul.
We do have a way out of sin. It is repentance. What must we
know about sin and repentance?
were born with original sin. “Behold, I was born in
guilt, in sin my mother conceived me.” (Ps 51:7).
While this sin is already washed away by Baptism, there
remains the flesh within us, keeping us prone to sin. We
must be mindful of this reality, and be vigilant, continuously
and deliberately striving for holiness.
sins we commit are always against God. “Against you,
you alone have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your
eyes” (Ps 51:6a). We oftentimes sin against our neighbor,
but all sin is ultimately against God. So even as we would
reconcile with our neighbor, we confess such sin to God,
who is offended by all unrighteousness. The sin against
God affects our ministry, as sins block the flow of grace
We must know what is sin, both those of commission and omission.
“For I know my transgressions; my sin is always before
me.” (Ps 51:5). We must examine our conscience regularly,
preferably every night before we go off to sleep.
Our way out is repentance, coming from a merciful and compassionate
God. “Have mercy on me, God, in accord with your merciful
love; in your abundant compassion blot out my transgressions.”
we sincerely repent, we are forgiven by God. We are washed
clean. “Thoroughly wash away my guilt; and from my
sin cleanse me.” (Ps 51:4). We are renewed in our
relationship with Him.
called to holiness, having holy divine work to do, what can
we do to help minimize sin in out life.
that God is indeed calling us to holiness, even as we are
sinners. We can be holy, if we sincerely seek to be holy.
We trust in God for His help. “Behold, you desire
true sincerity; and secretly you teach me wisdom.”
desire to be like Jesus, as we are called to be. “Cleanse
me with hyssop, that I may be pure; wash me, and I will
be whiter than snow.” (Ps 51:9). Know that God’s
mercy, grace and strength are given to us.
Rejoice in God’s calling, and in His work in and through
you. “You will let me hear gladness and joy; the bones
you have crushed will rejoice.” (Ps 51:10). Even as
we repent and are sorrowful for sin, we rejoice in God’s
forgiveness and restoration. “Turn away your face
from my sins; blot out all my iniquities.” (Ps 51:11).
We do not let the enemy bring us down because he has succeeded
in making us sin, but we allow Jesus to lift us up, now
even more determined to be holy. As Jesus rejoices in bringing
back the lost sheep, we too rejoice.
One more thing. We as holy warriors are called to do divine
work. And God can use anyone, even the greatest of sinners.
When we fall into sin, we affect our relationship with God,
and depending on the sin, the stream of grace and empowerment
can be cut. But if our sin is not deadly, God continues to
use us. We must continue to allow ourselves to be used.
divine work is the restoration of His dominion over the world.
The first step in that process is the proclamation of the
gospel. It is sowing the seed. Jesus says, “This is
how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were
to scatter seed on the land” (Mk 4:26). Even as we continue
to sin, we must continue to sow the seed by preaching the
gospel. Then God can bring about the fruit, as “the
seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how. Of its own accord
the land yields fruit” (Mk 4:27-28).