The Godly Man Helps the Failing Man.

iron sharpens ironBeing a Godly man it is your calling and obligation to help others.
It is written as iron sharpens iron so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. Prov 27:17

When David failed at maintaining his godliness, someone had to help sharpen his countenance.
That someone was Nathan.

Nathan wasn’t accusatory nor condemning. He just related a story to David.
“There were two men in a certain town. One was rich, and one was poor. The rich man owned a great many sheep and cattle. The poor man owned nothing but one little lamb he had bought. He raised that little lamb, and it grew up with his children. It ate from the man’s own plate and drank from his cup. He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter. One day a guest arrived at the home of the rich man. But instead of killing an animal from his own flock or herd, he took the poor man’s lamb and killed it and prepared it for his guest.” 2 Sam 12:1-4

At hearing the injustice, David’s temper flared and he promised retribution against the rich man and restoration for all the poor man had lost.

Nathan’s response was four words that cut David to the heart – You are that man! 2 Sam 12:7

Nothing more needed to be said, but much more was!

David’s did not respond with “are you judging me?” like so many do today.
He stood up and took personal responsibility for his sin and confessed, “I have sinned against the Lord.” 2 Sam 12:13

There were still some consequences for David’s transgression; there always are. Some consequences are more severe than others.
There are those that sinned with alcohol or drugs and were delivered by their faith in Jesus. Yet they suffer with the toll those substances have done to their body.

David suffered the loss of this child born of adultery. He suffered the loss of his kingdom to a son, who also died later.
Yet David lived and is included into the genealogical record of the Messiah.

Godly men don’t condemn but gently help those that have lost their way.
You are encouraged to get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. Matt 7:5
Sometimes you will need the help of a Godly friend to help you remove that log.

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One thought on “The Godly Man Helps the Failing Man.

  1. This short passage is jammed packed with jewels. David excepting responsibility, dealing with death of children, etc. I did notice long ago though, this is the only place giving reference to loving a pet like a child.

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