These verses make for very sad reading and tell of wickedness of David’s children and involve rape, revenge and murder. These verses show very clearly that the way we live our lives and the standards we set have implications for our family, our children and our friends. David was a man who was passionate about God, who was devoted to God and achieved great things but he was not above temptation, failure and the consequences for his mistakes. Yes, he received forgiveness and grace but his actions still had consequences. He still reaped what he sowed.
Solomon, another one of David’s sons, was a very wise King and many of the sayings in the Book of Proverbs were attributed to him. One such Proverb is from Proverbs 4 v 23
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
I wonder if he wrote these words because of what he saw in his family. It is a very clear warning.
As men and women who love God and are His ambassadors we need to guard our hearts. Sin is destructive, dangerous and wrecks lives and we need to have nothing to do with it for our sake and the sake of others.
No wonder the Apostle Paul said:
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. (Ephesians 5 v 3)
Resisting temptation is very important to the man or woman who is devoted to God.