Madison Avenue would go out of its mind.
Can you imagine being able to offer Mr. Average
citizen, at absolutely NO cost, something that would guarantee him peace of
mind and would relieve him of burdens he had been carrying for years, would
make him filled with the kind of joy and happiness that lasts forever, and
would give him the freedom to live his life without the weight of past
failures? The world would package it, patent it, and promote it. God just
quietly offers it ... to whosoever will.
And He has chosen to call it... forgiveness.
Forgiveness! At the mere mention of the word, our
spirits sigh a sigh of relief. At the mere though of it, clouds of confusion
are replaced with sunlit mornings; heaviness vanishes in a sea of grace; fear
takes flight, being chased by mercy. Forgiveness! It means the past cannot be
held against you. It means that seemingly interminable hallway of guilt empties
at last into an open arena where freedom encompasses the soul. It is something
only God can give; something only a Christian can have; and something every living
soul who has ever lived has longed for.
When God forgives, life begins again. When God
forgives, the rerun of our failures that has been playing over and over in the
theater of our minds, fades into nothingness and a brand new feature film called
"Eternal Grace" begins its never-ending run. When God forgives, all
things become new. When God forgives, old things are passed away. When God
forgives, reason changes, priorities change, devotion changes, commitment
changes. When God forgives the mind begins to heal, the body begins to heal,
the spirit begins to soar. When God forgives, life begins, and even death
becomes captive to the captain of our souls. When God forgives, the freshness
of a morning breeze sweeps upon a life that has been seared by the torment of
an unending bout with guilt and grief, and suddenly love and life begin to mean
all they were intended to mean.
If the world had a product like that, they would
market it in every facet of the media with an unlimited budget for an unlimited
audience. But only God offers it, and it is free. It is that wonderful breath
of God's spirit called forgiveness that breathes into us His divine mercy that
captures our attention today.
At the moment, King David, our man of the hour, our
Living Legend, is a man desperately in need of something. He has sinned the
most grievous of sins, and has in his deepest hour of need been confronted by
the Word of God with what he has done. Now all of the guilt, all of the stark
self-condemnation, all of the embarrassment, all of the anger descends upon
David. And the finger of God points without wavering, and the voice of God
speaks without hesitation, and the verdict of God is offered without
compromise. Guilty as charged. David has been tried in the tribunal of
eternity and found to be without excuse. Now either the judge grants him mercy,
or all of his life, thus far so productive, fades into insignificance as the
sentence is passed, and his life falls under the grim shadow of judgment
Perhaps you have been there. Mr. Success, you were.
Miss Miraculous you were. Everything in life was going your way. But ever so
subtly the phantom of temptation stole into your heart and stole away your
sense of reason. Then one day, reality settled in. You had been found out!
What you had considered to be a secret known only to your own conscience, you
came to find had been carefully recorded in the heart of a grieved and
brokenhearted God. Now, not only were you aware that God was aware, you were
aware, as well, that everything that mattered was vanishing under the cloud of
your indiscretion. You, too, were... Guilty as charged. Apart from a
miracle, life was over.
Then suddenly, you felt a tender touch upon your
shoulder, as God placed His loving arms about you and with a quiet voice
whispered into your ear, I forgive. At that moment, all of life stopped
cold. For a brief moment or two, you could not even so much as believe such a
thing could be. Then you fell to your knees in humility and awe and accepted
this invaluable gift called forgiveness. The burden was lifted, the skies
turned a brilliant blue again, and a living God spoke directly to your heart
and said, “Child, thou art forgiven; now go thy way, and sin this sin no
more." In II Samuel, chapter twelve, David discovers what it means to
be forgiven. And history begins a new to write the remaining chapters in
David's' life that he and we were sure no longer could be written.
When our last study concluded, King David had been
confronted most effectively by God's man with the gravity of his own sins.
Nathan the prophet had requested an interview with the Monarch, and in the
process he posed a problem for the self-righteous ruler to solve. Through use
of the parable, a most effective tool in God's arsenal of conviction, Nathan
painted a picture that portrayed a man who violated some of the same moral
absolutes violated by David himself. David's response was immediate. Not seeing
himself, but rather seeing the offense, the King demands justice. Nathan
responds, "David, Thou art the man!"
David's moment of truth was at hand, and like the
man of God he was, he fell to his knees in repentance and cried, "I have
sinned against the LORD." As we learned in our last study, God's response
was also immediate. It is, in effect, God's response to which we address
ourselves in this lesson.
You're Forgiven - Now Go To Jail
It is important for us to realize that one of the
most practical theological problems ever to face the Christian is the problem
of separating the love of God from the consequences of life. On the one hand,
there are those who because of the consequences of sin, both corporately and
personally, paint God as a power-hungry ruler seated on the throne of Heaven
waiting for his children to fail so He can rain judgment and cause them to
repent. They paint a picture of God that is works oriented, performance based,
and never satisfied. At the other extreme there are those who cannot believe a
God of love would allow suffering. They cannot believe a God of love would
allow death. They cannot believe a God of love would punish anyone, let alone
let anyone spend eternity in hell.
As is so often the case, Satan's intent is to bend
the truth to either extreme. The Truth is, that ours is a God of infinite
patience, of incredible love, a God whose middle name is forgiveness. The rest
of the Truth is, that this same God while He is loving, is still allowing the
processes of sowing and reaping, and of divine discipline to run their course.
His attitude is forgiveness; forgiveness that carried with it total
freedom from the guilt of the transgression. The individual is restored
immediately to the position of fellowship that existed before the offense
But while His immediate intent is restoration, His
ultimate objective is transformation. So the minute you repent, two
things happen. In the spiritual realm, that amazing process called forgiveness
unfolds. The barrier that existed between you and God caused by that
unconfessed sin is immediately removed. God, at that moment, takes and
casts the sin behind His back, removing it as far from Him Scripture says, as
the East is from the West, never to be remembered anymore. You are forgiven.
You are restored. You are once again usable and you once again have all the
power available to you that raised Christ from the dead.
Spiritually, you are restored. But we also live in
a physical world. That world is the workshop God uses to fashion you
spiritually. And though you have been totally restored to fellowship, the
earthly consequences of your sins do not end with your forgiveness. God allows
two things to happen.
1- He allows the natural laws of sowing and reaping
to operate within the limits of His Grace. In other words, what you reap
is but a fraction of what you have sown. But nonetheless, some consequences are
necessary, or there would be no restraints to keep you from willfully doing the
same thing again.
2- God sometimes brings into your life what is
called divine discipline, that God-ordained punishment that is either to
a) - keep your attention, lest you forget His
b) - to publicly demonstrate His righteousness
often in proportion to how your testimony affects His reputation, or
c) - to maximize the value of the lessons you are
supposed to be learning from your mistakes.
So there are times when God will lovingly say,
"I forgive you, now go to jail." You have been restored, now here are
the consequences. Such is the case with our man David. Turn now to II Samuel,
Chapter twelve, and let's read of God's plan to restore David to immediate
fellowship while still allowing him to reap the consequences of what he has
done. Let's begin reading where God is speaking through Nathan to David:
10 “Now therefore, the sword shall never depart
from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of
Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.
11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up
evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before
thine eyes, and give them unto they neighbor, and he shall lie with thy wives
in the sight of this sun.
12 For thou didst it secretly, but I will do this
thing before all Israel, and before the sun.”
13 And David said unto Nathan, “I have sinned
against the LORD.” And Nathan said unto David, "The Lord also hath put
away thy sin; thou shalt not die.
14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given
great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is
born unto thee shall surely die."
15 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD
struck the child that Uriah's wife bore unto David, and it was very sick.
16 David, therefore besought God for the child; and
David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.
17 And the elders of his house arose, and went to
him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread
18 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the
child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was
dead: for they said, "Behold, while the child was yet alive we spake unto
him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if
we tell him that the child is dead?"
19 But when David saw that his servants whispered,
David perceived that the child was dead: there David said unto his servants,
"Is the child dead?" And they said, "He is dead."
20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and
anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the Lord
and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set
bread before him, and he did eat.
21 Then said his servants unto him, "What
thing is this that thou hast done? Thou didst fast and weep for the child,
while it was alive: but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat
22 And he said, "While the child was yet
alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, Who can tell whether God will be gracious
to me, that the child may live?
23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? Can
I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me."
God, in essence, said, "David, you're
forgiven, go to jail." He said, "Things are now okay between you and
me. Believe it or not, you and I can have exactly the same relationship
that existed before you sinned so grievously."
"Now, here are the physical consequences you must
experience here on earth. There are some short term consequences and some long
term consequences. There are the consequences of what you have done, and
the consequences of how what you have done has affected My
Lovingly, God prepares David by telling it just
like it is. That is a pattern in God's discipline that ought to characterize a
parent's discipline as well. David knew what to expect.
1- There would be long-term consequences. The
sword shall never depart out of thy house. David, the man of war, would
live in conflict for the rest of his life. Not conflict from within. He
would have peace available to him in the midst of the conflict, but the circumstances
would be tense from now on because David had violated the inner sanctum of
God's holiness by violating His portrait of salvation, moral fidelity.
2- There would be medium range consequences. At
some point in time, David would suffer the same embarrassment in his household
that he brought upon Uriah's household. Only what David had done in secret, God
would allow to happen in public. Not only before all of Israel, God said, but
before the whole world.
3- There would be even more devastating immediate
consequences. And there is a clear cut reason for it. Because thou has given
great occasion to the enemies of the the LORD to blaspheme, the child born
out of this immoral relationship will not be allowed to live. The first two
consequences were the result of his sin. This one was the result of what that
sin cost the reputation of God because David was one of God's leaders...
therefore he was one of God's picture books, one of God's examples. That's why
James tells us that those who lead, those who teach, those who disciple add a
new burden of responsibility to their lives. They now become increasingly
accountable to obey, proportionate to the degree their disobedience will
affect God's reputation.
So the consequences would be immediate, and the
consequences would be continuous, and the consequences would be grievous. That
had nothing to do with God's forgiveness... nothing. God had totally forgiven
Now the process begins. Immediately, the child born
to David and Bathsheba is stricken with disease. David fasts and prays and
grieves before God for his deliverance. That was not in contradiction to God's
will. Were he not to grieve, would he have learned the depth of God's grief?
And was it not possible that God would honor those prayers and postpone the
child's death? So David mourned while the child yet lived. He was not only
mourning the sickness; David was mourning the cause of the sickness. A
week passed. David did not eat or talk. He fasted and prayed. The child died,
and though his servants did not understand, the moment the child died, David
got up, washed his face, and went to church. A Holy God had kept His Word, a
loving God would now comfort him, and a responsible God now expected his
servant to get on with life. Self-pity was not in the book. David's concluding
remark in verse 23 was no doubt designed to speak volumes of hope to grieving
parents... "I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me." With
that testimony of confidence, David arises, worships, and proceeds to become
David the man of God again.
That Incredible, Unbreakable Covenant
The question you may be struggling with in your
mind, however, was how a God of Holiness whose law prohibited what David had
done could forgive him and allow him to live? How could a righteous God
allow His King to flagrantly violate His commandments and immediately, without
so much as an hour of penance, say, “The Lord also hath put away thy sin;
thou shalt not die"?
The answer lies in that incredible, unbreakable
covenant that God had made with David but a few years before. Mark it well. It
is a hand painted portrait of the grace God has offered you, etched tenderly on
the canvas of Scripture as a foretaste of what every man or woman who would
ever accept His covenant of grace could experience...
What God told David in chapter seven was this: "Thine
house and thy kingdom shall be established forever before thee: thy throne
shall be established forever." He had warned David, that both he and
his seed after him would suffer consequences should they violate His Word. "If
he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the stripes
of the children of men; but my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took
if from Saul..."
In other words, God had entered into a covenant
with David... an incredible, unbreakable, covenant. Nothing David had done had
earned it. Nothing David could do would make him worthy of it; and nothing
David might do could provoke God to take it from him. It was based on something
that was later to be revealed more clearly as grace. The law would make
people aware of their transgressions, but God was unveiling anew a
demonstration of a miraculous commodity called forgiveness. Man could
sin, and instantly be restored to fellowship with his God. And even
though the fellowship had been momentarily broken, the relationship
could not be broken. It was sealed by the divine decree of a God whose Word was
And now, oh, child of the King, you too have been
offered, and most of you have acknowledged and received that incredible,
unbreakable, covenant as your very own by asking Jesus Christ to come into your
life. If so, you may sin, and God may well chasten you with the rod of men, and
with stripes of the children of men, but His mercy shall not depart from you.
He will simply say to you, as you repent, "There may well be
consequences from your sin, but the Lord hath put away thy sin, thou shalt not
die." Your fellowship with the Master may be broken, but your relationship
with the Master may not be broken; because it is based solely on a covenant He
initiated. It is not predicated on anything you can do, have done or will do,
nor is it breakable because of something you may do. It is based on the
infallibility of His Word. And it is predicated on grace. Therefore, no matter
what, it will stand. Deserve it? Not on you life. Abuse it? I pray not. But
acknowledge it? By all means. It gives glory to Him when we do. We are secure
in Christ... sealed through eternity in the covering of that incredible,
unbreakable covenant called "Grace".
The Solomons God Sends Along
So David faces consequences, but David is eternally
secure in his relationship with His God. Now life must begin again. He is
forgiven. Now he must resume living the life as GOD intended it to be lived.
But is it worth living? He has been told of all of the consequences of his sin
that will plague him for the rest of his life. Will God still use him? Will God
still bless his life? Or does this mark the end of David's usefulness? IS he
destined to spend the rest of his years in unfruitful labor? NO! Our God does
not work that way. Look at Adam. Look at Jonah. Look at Moses. Look at Abraham.
All of God's greats made mistakes. God simply received greater glory when they
were used again.
But how will God keep His word to bless David's
seed while still keeping His Word that the sword shall never depart out of his
house? It's simple. From the very womb of the one whose child HE had sentenced
to die, God would bring forth a blessing.
24 And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went
in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name
Solomon: and the LORD loved him.
25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet:
and he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord.
Oh, the Solomons God sends along. The rainbows of
mercy God sends to remind us of His presence, even as the showers are still
falling. God was not through with David. God was not through with David's seed.
So from the most unlikely of his wives, God brings forth the answer to His
prayers, and the fulfillment of His promises. And even as the child comes forth
from the womb, God loves him. And my friend, God is not through with you
either. That's why so often, as your heart is broken, and you are grieved over
your sins, and it seems that the hand of power and fruitfulness will never rest
upon you again, God sends along a Solomon, all of grace, to quietly say:
"Don't you see, child, I have forgiven you; and I still plan to use you;
you are mine." What an incredible God we serve! We break His heart. We
break His commandments. We dishonor His name. Yet because of His incredible,
unbreakable covenant, He never disowns us, and because of His amazing love, He
sends along a Solomon, just when we thought we were no longer usable to
remind us that it is all of grace. David knew of God's great love for
Solomon. No doubt Nathan had told him. for we read in verse 25 that he
nicknamed the lad "Jedidiah" which means "beloved of
Jehovah". Beloved, indeed.
Paging General David
You say well, so much for that sad, sad, chapter in
the life of the Living Legend of David. That's that! Well, almost. But there
are two aspects of this incident that still must be glanced at if we are to see
the whole of the picture from God's perspective.
The first is a very vital principle. And we read
about it in the rest of Chapter 12.
26 And Joab fought against Rabbah of the children
of Ammon, and took the royal city,
27 And Joab sent messengers to David, and said, I
have fought against Rabbah, and have taken the city of waters.
28 Now therefore gather the rest of the people
together, and encamp against the city, and take it; lest I take the city, and
it be called after my name.
29 And David gathered all the people together, and
went to Rabbah, and fought against it, and took it.
30 And he took their king's crown from off his
head, the weight whereof was a talent of gold with the precious stones; and it
was set on David's head. And he brought forth the spoil of the city in great
31 And he brought forth the people that were
therein, and put them under saws, and under harrows of iron, and under axes of
iron, and made them pass through the brickklin; and thus did he unto all the
cities of the children of Ammon. So David and all the people returned to
What a sharp contrast to chapter eleven. Joab was
still battling the Ammonites, and as he closed in on the capital city of
Rabbah, once again he sent an airmail special delivery letter to David. It read
like this: "Dear King. Here we are again. I am about to conquer the
Ammonites. I have the city under siege and we have cut off their water supply.
We are ready to close in for the kill. Am I going to take the city myself and
take credit for the victory? Or would the King like to return to battle?"
In other words, paging General David... it is time to return to active duty.
Your unplanned, ill-fated leave time is over.
The unwilling warrior this time heard the call to
battle as clearly as he had heard the words of Nathan the Prophet. Immediately,
he gathers the troops together, converges on Rabbah, takes the city, personally
removes the crown from their pagan king and symbolically places it on his own
head, as he orders the natives to pass before him and he assigns tasks of heavy
labor to the now captive Ammonites. When that is done, David the Victor, David
the General, David the King, David, the man after God's own heart, returns
triumphantly with his people to Jerusalem. The healing has run its course. Once
he had repented, and once he had consented to go back, doing what he had been
unwilling to do in the first place, God immediately granted him victory once
It is interesting to note, however, that he first
had to return to the place where he had veered off the mainstream of the will
of God. Like the children of Israel, David had wandered off course, wasted
God's precious time, and damaged the reputation of His God in the process. It
is called the law of wasted motion. Cloverleaf Christianity, if you will. Now,
having taken one of Satan's unnecessary side trips, God as always said to
David... "would you like to be back in the center of my will? Then go back
to the last point of your disobedience, own up to it, and do what you were
unwilling to do before."
That's what he said to Jonah. "Now that you've
had your little unexpected swim, what was it I asked you to do before you took
your flip from the ship to the tale of the whale? I see, I said Go to Ninevah.
Now guess what I want you to do now. That's right; Go to Ninevah."
God says look at the map of your life. See that
point? Put an "x" there. Now write by it... you were here. You were
here when you decided to take a short cut that by-passed the will of God. You
want back in the center of that will? Then do not pass "go"; go
instead directly to the point of your rebellion, and do the last thing I asked
you to do. I forgive you, Jonah, now go to Ninevah. I forgive you, David, now
put on your armor. Nobody ordered you into early retirement. You've just been
sent back into active duty. You'll get into less trouble there, than you will
back at the palace, counting your cash and peering onto rooftops. Back to the
battle, David, where you belong.
David did what God asked him to do. The rest is
history. Immediate victory was his once again. And it will be yours, as well,
if you go back to that point in your pilgrimage where you deviated from the
will of God, and simply set about doing the last thing you refused to do.
General David is back on active duty. Hallelujah!
Whiter Than Snow, Indeed
One last thing. We have looked at the consequences
of David's sin, we have rediscovered that incredible, unbreakable covenant that
granted him instant forgiveness; we have witnessed the Solomons God sends along
to remind us we are still loved, and we have seen General David return to
active duty, once again wearing the victor's crown we thought perhaps would
never again grace his head.
Full circle we have come. Now we must, in closing,
look carefully at the heart of this man as the process of
forgiveness touches him and changes the course of his life. To do that, we must
simply turn to Psalm 51, for David, unlike most of our Living Legends, has
recorded in a diary the very beat of his heart throughout the course of his
life. In most of your Bibles, above this Psalm, you will read these words
"To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet came unto
him after he had gone in to Bathsheba". So here is David's heart, once he
was confronted with his sin. Let's look together at a few of the key verses.
You may want to pray this prayer with David.
1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy
lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies, blot out my
2 Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and
cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin
is ever before me.
4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done
this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and
be clear when thou judgest.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash
me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness, that the bones
that thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a
right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not
thy holy spirit from me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and
uphold me with thy free spirit.
13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and
sinners shall be converted unto thee.
Several things are clear:
1- David understood the gravity of his sins.
2- David understood the loneliness that accompanies
separation from full fellowship with God.
3- David understood that no matter who had been
hurt or what had transpired, his sin was against God, and to God he must
4- David understood that God was the only one
who could forgive him, and restore him, BUT
5- He also understood that it was actually
possible for a loving God to purge him until he was clean; to wash him, until
HE WAS WHITER THAN SNOW.
Whiter than snow! Do you realize the intensity of
that statement? David actually asked God to restore him to a place of holiness
so pure, a place of fellowship so sweet, a state of restoration so complete
that compared even to crisp, pure, freshly fallen snowflakes, his heart would
be whiter, purer, cleaner than that.
Whiter than snow! The perfect description of the
human heart that has tasted of that miraculous prescription that only the Great
Physician can dispense called... forgiveness.
David had indeed fallen to a place so low, no doubt
he never dreamed that restoration was possible. Then he looked in the eyes of
His God. And once he repented, he saw in those eyes not the cold, hardened,
glare of judgment; but the soft, tender, look of love. And he heard from those
lips, not the harsh cry of condemnation; but the quiet, sensitive, words of One
whose love transcends man's understanding of love itself. He heard those two
little words that change the course of history... "I forgive". So
powerful were those words that guilt evaporated; fear vanished;
self-condemnation was submerged in a sea of divine mercy, and David could cry
to his God; "Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow."
Now the circle is complete. Now King David is ready
for the Solomons God sends along. Now King David is ready to march into battle
once again, clothed in the garments of God's Holiness, more aware than ever
before, of how precious and how priceless they were.
That gift; that unspeakable gift called forgiveness
is yours as well. It has not been rationed. There is no short supply. It is
rather such a part of the nature of God that our confession of sin
automatically causes it to flow from His Spirit with such freedom that we too
become... whiter than snow.
If you have never tasted that cup of forgiveness
and experienced the joy of having your sins forgiven, your burdens lifted, as
God's incredible peace floods your soul, you have simply missed the meaning of
life. You are carrying loads God never intended you to carry. Jesus died to exchange
those sins for something so wonderful, we but weep at the mention of it; He
wants to exchange your sins for... forgiveness. Give Him that opportunity. Pray
Psalm 51 back to God. Ask Him to take your transgressions, to wash you
thoroughly of your iniquity, and cleanse you from your sins. I can promise you
one thing... He will.
And if you are a Christian who has been wallowing
in defeat; bound in chains of guilt over offenses you know have broken the
heart of God, may I remind you again of one thing... You belong to a God who
forgives. He has made an incredible, unbreakable covenant with you. He will
never turn His back on you, no matter what you have done.
There may be consequences. No doubt there will be.
But, oh, the freedom; oh, the joy; oh, the power when Jesus reaches down and
whispers, "I still love you, child, and I forgive."
The sheer ecstasy when once again, perhaps after
years of living with the stench of sin, you look into His eyes and as His
Holiness is reflected back into your life, you realize... Praise God, I am
whiter than snow.
Taste of it today, and as you do, listen to the
Master gently whisper this benediction of grace: "Now go thy way; you have
been set free... free to sin that sin no more may abound, for thou hast been
Forgiven! Oh, the bliss of it
The freedom God's children can know
Inspite of the past, God's promise is fast
You still can be whiter than snow
Forgiven! Oh, the power of it
To sing mercy's lilting refrain
That even a life, filled with fear, guilt, and
Can be used to touch others again
Forgiven! Oh, the love of it
God's child on unblemished sod
And no matter the sin; he's been cleansed once
And again know the mercy of God
Forgiven! Oh, Satan dreads it
For the Christian to know that for sure
He is once again free; God's anointed to be
And in God's eyes again he is pure
But forgiven is but the beginning
As God's billows of love o'er us pour
His soft tender voice, whispers, "Now, you've
Go thy way, child, and sin... ye... no more!"