Sin Separates Us From God

King David wrote Psalm 51 after he sinned against God by committing adultery with Bathsheba and arranging for the killing of her husband in battle.  He begins his prayer with, “Have mercy on me, O God.  According to your great compassion, blot out my transgressions.  Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

He goes on to acknowledge his guilt before God and agrees with Him that what he has done is a sin.  In his prayer, he asks God to restore to him the joy that became his when he first was saved and began to follow the way of the Lord.

Let’s be clear:  David’s sin did not take away his salvation, but rather it destroyed the joy that comes to those who are saved.  In other words, when David sinned he no longer felt close to God or was capable of continuing to fellowship with Him.  Why?

Because sin separates us from God.

Not only does David pray for his joy to be restored to him, but he also asks for a pure heart and the renewing of a steadfast spirit within.  This is just one more indication of how deeply sin affects our relationship with God.

Sin corrupts.  It blackens our heart; it darkens our spirit and taints our views on everything.

But forgiveness of sin renews our hearts as well as the spirit within.  Once sin has marred our relationship with God, we must confess and repent.  Only then can we be restored and renewed and once again enjoy full fellowship with our God.

© Word Within International ™
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