1 Chronicles 21:7-8
God was displeased with this thing; therefore he struck Israel. David said to God, “I have sinned greatly, in that I have done this thing. But now, put away, I beg you, the iniquity of your servant; for I have done very foolishly.”
When David realized he sinned by taking the census of Israel, he took full responsibility and admitted to God that was wrong. He the proceeded to ask our Heavenly Father to forgive him. Many people want God’s blessings and want to have benefits from living a Christian life, but choose not to repent for their personal sins. Before receiving forgiveness, one must confess and repent over all their sins before the Lord. A lot of people get this issue confused. Just because you are saved and accepted Jesus Christ as your lord and savior does not mean you can continue sinning like nothing happened. You are to carry your cross and strive your best to be like Christ. You are not simply in the clear so to speak. You need to acknowledge your sins, repent for them wholeheartedly, and then seek forgiveness. You have to do your part to be forgiven from those specific sins.
I want to remind everyone here today that living a Christian life is not easy. It takes hard work and dedication to want to be a better person and then taking steps to actually do it. Before you can ever think of holding someone else accountable, “you need to hold yourself accountable first.” I pray that this devotional helps someone out today and please have a blessed day!