Text: “I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity.” – 2 Samuel 22:24.
Comment: It is on record that King David did not fall a second time for the temptation of adultery. He maintained his repentance till death by God’s grace. This final stage should be the goal of all Christians as enjoined by St Peter. (2 Peter 3:14). A genuinely repentant person does not go back to the same sin, and beyond that he or she is able to easily overcome others by God’s power. Concerning King David it was written: “Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, and turned not aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite” (1 Kings 15:5). To maintain one’s repentant state, one must always avoid or guard against all situations that expose one to committing the same sin or similar ones. If it is a sexual sin (e.g. fornication, adultery, rape, incest etc.) then one should avoid ogling at the opposite sex, that is, avoid the second look; also one should avoid friends with immoral dispositions. If alcoholism, then pull down the wine bar in the house, avoid alcohol hotspots. Apostle Paul exhorted us saying: “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.” – Romans 13:14; Galatians 5:16.