The Daily Word: Monday, May 27th, 2019
2 Samuel 12:1-31
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
So David’s anger was greatly aroused against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this shall surely die!” – 2 Sam 12:5
Nathan recited David’s sins. David thought Nathan was talking about someone else, so his response was, “He deserves to die!” Nathan then told him the truth: David had just declared a death sentence over himself.
We are often quick to judge others, but slow to own up to our own mistakes. When someone else sins, we give them death! We take it as a serious indicator of a character flaw: a fatal error. But when we sin, we brush it off as a mistake that deserves forgiveness. Why do we give ourselves the benefit of the doubt, but rarely extend that same courtesy to others?
Judge others the same way you judge yourself. Give others the same forgiveness you so quickly offer yourself! God sees; and because of the Cross of Jesus Christ, He forgives. We should do the same for others in His name!
Father, make me slow to judge and slow to criticize. Help me to see others through the same filter as I see myself: deserving of grace and forgiveness. Thank You for forgiving me! Help me to forgive others, in Jesus’ name.
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