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At first it was only a look. Then a desire. Finally, adultery. Sin conceived in the heart brought forth shame in the life of the man after God’s own heart. But the tragedy didn’t stop with betrayal and the lack of faithfulness. Sin can’t be left alone. Without confession and repentance, sin will continue to grow until it destroys everything good and decent within us.
So it happened with David. Adultery — as terrible as it was — couldn’t be contained. Things got even worse with David. A thirst for evil replaced a hunger for God. Adultery grew into conspiracy. And an evil scheme became a treacherous act of murder. How could such a thing happen to one of God’s choicest servants? The answer ought to cause every follower of Christ to walk in humble, daily dependence on God.
Notice the progression of David’s sin. First he looked on Bathsheba. Then he desired her. Finally he acted on his lusts. At any point, David could have confessed his sin and repented. Once he looked and saw her bathing, he could have turned away. But he didn’t. He could have confessed his thoughts to God and sought deliverance. But he didn’t. Instead, wrong thoughts became lusts, and lust became adultery.
At that point David could have gotten honest with God and himself. He could have confessed what he’d done and repented. But he didn’t. He tried to cover up his sin. He sent for Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband, and told him to go home to his wife. “Then David said to Uriah, ‘Go down to your house and wash your feet.’ So Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king was sent after him” (2 Samuel 11:8). David wanted Uriah to have sex with his wife so what David had done wouldn’t be discovered. If Bathsheba became pregnant, Uriah would think it was his baby.
But Uriah didn’t go home. He slept at the entrance of the palace. That gave David another chance to confess and repent. But he didn’t. Instead a conspiracy was born in his heart: He would have Uriah killed on the battlefield. David told Joab, “Put Uriah in the front line where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die” (2 Samuel 11:15). An accidental look would turn into a cruel murder. Just a few weeks earlier, David would never have dreamed that he was capable of such an act. His ministry and life would never be the same.
The great tragedy of David’s sin is that at any one of several points, he could have repented. He had ample opportunity, but he harbored the sin in his heart. The darkness of his sin clouded the heart that had once passionately sought God. When a leader or Christian worker is exposed in the snare of sin, it’s usually not a one-time problem. Most often other things have been festering a long time.
There’s one great truth here for every follower of Christ: Sin must never be harbored in the heart. We will all sin — all stumble. But we must be quick to repent and make things right with God and our fellow man. Sin left to itself will only grow — and ultimately destroy us spirituality. Grace and mercy await the honest, broken, and repentant heart. But death and destruction lie in the dark corners of unconfessed sin.
If an evil thought or desire has entered your heart, run to the cross in a spirit of brokenness. For “a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Psalm 51:17).

2 Samuel : Chapter 11
1)  In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem. 2)  One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, 3)  and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 4)  Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (Now she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness.) Then she went back home. 5)  The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.” 6)  So David sent this word to Joab: “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent him to David. 7)  When Uriah came to him, David asked him how Joab was, how the soldiers were and how the war was going. 8)  Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” So Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king was sent after him. 9)  But Uriah slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master’s servants and did not go down to his house. 10)  David was told, “Uriah did not go home.” So he asked Uriah, “Haven’t you just come from a military campaign? Why didn’t you go home?” 11)  Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents,[a] and my commander Joab and my lord’s men are camped in the open country. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and make love to my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!” 12)  Then David said to him, “Stay here one more day, and tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. 13)  At David’s invitation, he ate and drank with him, and David made him drunk. But in the evening Uriah went out to sleep on his mat among his master’s servants; he did not go home. 14)  In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. 15)  In it he wrote, “Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.”
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