You can’t repair the hole

As, a young teen I occasionally got into trouble but always apologized to my parents. However, no matter how much I might have hurt my parents with my previous wrongdoing, I turned around and do something else wrong believing they would forgive me.

One day my dad took me down to the garage for a talk. Being a good carpenter with a solid selection of tools, my dad picked up a hammer. He pounded a nail into the cinder block garage wall. Then he gave me the hammer and told him to pull out the nail. I shrugged, took the hammer, and with some effort pulled out the nail.

My dad then said, “Pulling the nail out is like forgiveness, Son. When you do something wrong, it’s like pounding the nail into the wall. Okay, I get it,” was my quick response.

My dad then said, “Now take the hammer and pull out the nail hole.”

“That’s impossible.” I said with a greater clarity. “I can’t pull out the whole in the wall.”

As this short story of my youth and King David’s life proves, sin carries serious consequences. Even though David in II Sam 12:10 was forgiven, his adultery and murder left scars and led to family problems. This sobering truth can serve as a warning for our lives. The best way to avoid the lingering damage of sin is to live a life of obedience to God.

“Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.”
2 Samuel 12:10

We should give thanks to God for being slow to anger and filled with compassion. We shouldn’t presume upon God’s mercy by assuming there will be no consequences for our sin. Let us ask God to help us to confess and then to sin no more.


See you next Sunday.


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