Sunday, January 27, 2019

Do Not Fear. Just Believe!

Good Morning!

Greetings in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid. Just have faith."  (Mark 5:36)

There was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee.  It was a big feast, and many guests came.   All of Jesus’ family were at the wedding.   The wedding was closely relatives to the Jesus’ family.   Jesus disciples were also invited to the celebration.   The wedding celebration place was full of people.

Mary, Jesus’ mother, was deeply involved with the wedding.   She planned for the wedding by carefully estimating how many people would come and how much food would be needed to feed them.    She prepared enough food for the wedding.   However, the wedding celebration was attended by more people than excepted, and the celebration went on.  The guest at the wedding were fully of joy.  They were talking and laughing while eating and enjoying food.   The celebration went on, and nobody wanted to leave.    It was a truly blessed wedding celebration.

However, the servants along with Mary started noticing what was going on the food prepared.   The food was disappearing quicker than they expected.   Especially, the wine, which was really important for the wedding celebration, which made the wedding guests merry and jolly.   They continuously pouring wine into their cups, and tossed each other.  Suddenly taking away the wine from the guests was almost unthinkable, as if putting a hard break on a car smoothly cruising on highway.   Mary and the servants kept the secret among themselves, while watching and worrying about the wine getting running out.   Finally, the servants voiced up and asked Mary what to do.   Mary could not answer because Mary did not know what to do about the wine running out.   Mary felt completely helpless.    She was sitting down and praying.   Then she slowly lifted up her eyes from her head bowed down.  In her eyes, there was Jesus.   He looked completely different.  Mary could saw in Jesus the Lord who was foretold by the angel when pregnant, and was visited by the three wise men and the shepherds at the stable.   Although she always believed Jesus was not an ordinary child, at the moment, she could clearly see Jesus was the Lord at that moment.   She could connect Jesus with all of her amazingly marvelous experiences – the blessing of the angel, the praise of the Elizabeth, and her own song coming out of her own mouth when she heard the praise of the Elizabeth:

 “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.
How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!
For he took notice of his lowly servant girl,
and from now on all generations will call me blessed.
For the Mighty One is holy,
and he has done great things for me.
He shows mercy from generation to generation
to all who fear him.
His mighty arm has done tremendous things!
He has scattered the proud and haughty ones.
He has brought down princes from their thrones
and exalted the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away with empty hands.
He has helped his servant Israel
and remembered to be merciful.
For he made this promise to our ancestors,
to Abraham and his children forever.”  (Luke 1:46b-56)

Suddenly everything came together.    Then, all gone were her worry and fear of the world (i.e., the wine running out), and her anxiety of not being able to do anything for the servants although the servants kept looking at her carefully.   She realized that she was freed from the worry, fear, and anxiety.    She knew what to do.

Mary got up, and approached Jesus for the firs time in her life as the Lord, not her own son.   With faith, Mary told Jesus,

“They have no more wine.”  (John 2:3b)

 She put her complete trust on Jesus, and released all her burden.   Then she carefully watched over the lips of Jesus and waited.

“Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” (John 2:4)

Mary was surprised.  The answer was not what she expected.  Jesus was somewhat indifferent of her real worry and concern.   She puzzled at first, and then thought about two choices.  First, she just gave in and did nothing.   Then, the wedding celebration would soon be over.  She could just go back to her seat, and collapse while just painfully watching the wedding celebration was quickly dismantling.  Second, she continued believing Jesus as the Lord and Savior.    What would you do, if you were Mary?   

Mary took the latter approach.    She did not give up.   She believed.   How much did she keep believing Jesus as the Lord, not her own son?    Here is the answer:

But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”  (John 2:6)

She believed Jesus without any doubts.  She put everything before Jesus, and she also asked the servants to believe as much as she believed.    They saw the unmovable faith of Mary, and they also believe. 

Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons.  Thus, the jars could hold together 120 to 180 gallons of water, which means 450 to 680 liters of water.   The celebration place must have been a big place.   If not, why did they have that many ceremonial washing jars?     

 Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.”   (John 2:7a)

The water levels of the six jars were all different.  Some of them were almost full, some half-full, and some almost empty.   Per Jesus’ instruction, the servants started to pour in water to the jars.   It took many trips from the well and to the jars.   However, the servants quitely and patiently followed the Jesus’ instruction.   They filled up the jars one by one.  By the way, the servants did not know why they had to fill up the jars, not just one, but all of the six jars.    The guests were already in the celebration place.  There was no more need to use the washing water.   The guests already did the ritual of cleansing when they came in.   For them, it was completely absurd adding more water in the jars because nobody would use the washing water any more that night.   Even so, they obeyed.    Yes, following Jesus is like pouring water in to the jars although we know that certainly nobody would use the water anymore.   However, the important message here is to obey Jesus and do what Jesus asks us to do as the servants did.

When the jars had been filled, the servants told Jesus, “the jars are full.”   

Then Jesus said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” (John 2:8b)

The servants heard Jesus.  Then they looked at each other and questioned, “now just draw the water from the jars, and give to the master of ceremonies?”    They knew the wedding celebration needed wine, not the water from the ceremonial jars.   Although the water in the jars were clean, but it was not for drinking.   They could not believe what was told.   They thought about what the master of ceremonies would tell them when the master of ceremonies realized that they just brought the ceremonial washing water to him to taste.  Doing so was clearly out of mind.   They could not know what to do.    They scanned with their eyes to find Mary.   Then they carefully watched Mary and especially her eyes, and waited her answer.  Despite of this absurdity, Mary’s face was still in peace.   She nodded as her approval.  They knew what to do, when they saw Mary’s steadfast faith. Without any further reservation, they quickly drew the water and brought to the master of ceremonies.   One person’s absolute faith is often contagious while making others to have the same faith of the one person, as Mary did to the servant.

When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over.  “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!” (John 2:9-10)
The master of ceremonies tasted the best wine ever, which was the water in the ceremonial jars.   This was what God did.   The water in the jars was not potable, but washing only.  However, the undrinkable water was turned into the best wine ever.    For God, nothing is impossible.    God uses something useless, rejected, or completely failed in order to build up His kingdom on earth.  Who could have ever imagined at the wedding celebration that the ceremonial washing water would become the best wine ever?   Just fix eyes on Jesus Christ regardless what’s going on in our lives.   Through our faith, Jesus turns our lives to His masterpiece for His kingdom.
Then Jesus asked them, "Didn't you ever read this in the Scriptures? 'The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This is the LORD's doing, and it is wonderful to see.'    (Matthew 21:42)
The master of ceremonies did not know.   The bridegroom did not.   The guests did not know.  Only knew the servants and Mary.    The master praised the wine in view of the earthly wisdom – serving the best first and the worse later.    God provided the best, not any wine that could be served at the end of a party when people get drunk, when Mary and the servants had a true faith in Him.   God is merciful and gracious to those who keep believing without any doubts.
What was the secret of unlocking the miracle of the Cana’s wedding?    Faith.   Mary recognized Jesus was the Lord, and Mary believed.   The servants believed also.    Then they obeyed.   Faith and obey.   This is the secret that God wants from all of us.   Faith and obey, which truly please Our God, Our Ever-Loving Father.

The apostles said to the Lord, “Show us how to increase our faith.”
The Lord answered, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and thrown into the sea,’ and it would obey you!    (Luke 17:5-6)


Sunday, January 20, 2019

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Good Morning!
Greetings in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
     for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.   (Matthew 5:3)

When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he left Judea and returned to Galilee.  He went first to Nazareth, then left there and moved to Capernaum, beside the Sea of Galilee, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali.  This fulfilled what God said through the prophet Isaiah:

“In the land of Zebulun and of Naphtali,
     beside the sea, beyond the Jordan River,
     in Galilee where so many Gentiles live,
the people who sat in darkness
     have seen a great light.
And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow,
    a light has shined.”

Jesus was the light for the people in the area of Galilee as well as the people in the rest of Judea.  In fact, He was and is the true light for the world.   This is our hope and faith, and the greatest blessing from God.   John the Baptist told about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony.   Yes, John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light.  The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.   Yes, Jesus Christ was the one, the Messiah, for whom the people in Judea were waited and waited.   The life under the Roman occupation was very harsh and difficulty.    Only was their comfort waiting for the Messiah who would liberate them from the Roman occupation.   All persecutions would cease, and peace and freedom would come.  It was their dream.

Jesus called His disciples while walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee.    The first was two brother – Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew, who were throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living.   Jesus said to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him.   Then he called James and john sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets. And he called them to come, too.  They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind.   The disciples called by Jesus did not hesitated at all.  They suspended their lives, and followed Jesus.   How about us?   When called by Jesus, can we suspend our lives, and immediately follow Jesus?    Peter and Andrew left their nets and boats, which were their lives, and followed Jesus.    James and John jumped off from the boat to follow Jesus, where they mended their fishing nets with their father for the following day.   Nothing could stop them following Jesus.   Later Jesus told,

 “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”  (Luke 9:62b)

God wants a single-minded follower of Jesus, who is not distracted by the world.  One who can set aside all things for the Kingdome of God.  Such followers can truly please God.  After all, this is the true wisdom because the world is transient, and His Kingdom is eternal.   

Jesus traveled throughout the region of Galilee, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness.  News about him spread as far as Syria, and people soon began bringing to him all who were sick. And whatever their sickness or disease, or if they were demon possessed or epileptic or paralyzed—he healed them all.  Large crowds followed him wherever he went—people from Galilee, the Ten Towns, Jerusalem, from all over Judea, and from east of the Jordan River.   God’s message was given to the people, and God’s miracles came to them through Jesus.  More and more people came to Jesus, where they could hear God’s message and healing.

One day as Jesus saw the crowds gathering, He went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around Him.  He saw the hardship of the people and their pains.   All were in need of God’s mercy, grace, peace and love.

Jesus opened up His mouth, and gave His blessed message:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
     for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
     for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
     for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
     for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
     for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
     for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  (Matthew 5:3-10)

The above message of Jesus is known as “Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount.”   This was not the message for the rich or the powerful, but the poor.  It was also for those who mourned, for the meek, for the pure in heart, for the peacemaker, and for those who were persecuted.    

Later day, Jesus told His disciples and the crowd, “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind?  If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces. Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.”    He talked about John the Baptist, and he lamented before the proud who were deaf and blind the truth in their unrepenting hearts.   For them, there was no room at all.   His message could be not seeded and grow because of their riches in their hearts without hunger and thirst of the Messiah.  Their hearts were filled with the world and satisfied by the pleasures in it.   The people gathered around Jesus were completely opposite.   Their hearts were poor and open, and they were thirsty in hunger for mercy and righteousness, because their lives on earth were harshly and painful.

The people gathered around Jesus were eagerly waiting for God’s kingdom as hoping for many years.    Their hearts were full of sorrows in the unfair treatment and persecution from the occupying Romans and those who stood with the Romans although they were part of the Israelites.   At that time, tax collectors were regarded as the lowest among all sinners.   They, although they are also Israelites, worked for the Romans.  They simply betrayed their own people.  They did not stop there.  They squeezed out their own people by collecting more taxes than they supposedly lavy in order to enrich themselves.   The people gathered around Jesus were suffered by the betrayers and thieves, and the Romans.   The people around Jesus heard a gentle message of Jesus, “you will be comforted.”   

Jesus was different.  He stood right besides with those who mourned, and comfort them.   Nobody could refuse His comfort, which was beyond of earth, because it was of heaven.  

Differing from the proud and the powerful, the people gathered around Jesus were the meek with humble hearts.   They saw all they had were taken away by the Romans throuth the hands of the greedy tax collectors.   Jesus blessed them and promised for them to inherit the earth.  
What a blessing!  

We often see the riches of the powerful and the greedy would not last even on earth.   After all, all riches are like flowers, which bloom but soon wither.  The true rich are God’s blessings in our heart.   The meekest in our human history was Jesus Christ who sacrificed His own life for others.  Although He was the meekest, He received all the glory and power of world as well as heaven.   The Roman empire was so strong and invincible, but it knelt before the meekest of all, Our Savior, Jesus Christ.   The true power came from the meekest, Jesus Christ.   Thus, we are encouraged and be comforted by being the meek.   We will inherit the earth in Him with Jesus as co-heirs and the heaven.

Many of them in the crowd hungered and thirsted for righteousness because there were ill-treated.  They were persecuted by both the foreign occupiers and their own people who worked for the Romans.  No place to go tell their heartbreaks because nobody was willing to hear their heartbreaks and do something for them.   All were in fear without peace, but Jesus spoke peace and comfort and poured God’s love in their hearts.  

Then Jesus did not stop there.   Jesus told the next step.    Not just enduring the hardships, but Jesus taught for them to be merciful and pure in heart while actively pursuing peace making.   Receiving mercy from God is a just beginning.   None gathered around Jesus was not worthy to received God’s grace and blessings, but Jesus poured out God’s mercy unconditionally regardless the worthiness of the recipients.   This is the secret of God’s mercy.  Showing mercy to others who do not deserve is a true mercy, which God wants.   Jesus gently taught the people gathered around Him about this secret of a true mercy of GOd.

God is always with us.   God also knows our weakness.   We are easily getting blind by the world.    Getting friend of this world is the first step getting blind from the Truth. 

Don't you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.  (James 4:4)

Then what can we do?  We need to fix our eyes on Jesus Christ on cross, and run our own race given to each of us.   This pleases God, and our eyes continue open to see God and understand His will.  

Getting even with others and our enemies is the rule of the world, being recognized as “justice” among people.    If we just do what people expect, then what are we?    Are we of the world, or of God?    Unless we are different from the people of the world, how can we be children of God.   It is irony that the people of the world in fact know who are truly children of God or not.   Jesus taught us as a part of the Lord’s Prayer:

And forgive us our debts,
     as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
     but deliver us from the evil one.   (Matthew 6:12-13)

One of the greatest temptations is to be even – eye to eye and tooth to tooth.   This is our nature.  Jesus asked for us to pray to God for us to be delivered from this strong power of the temptation and evil, because we cannot overcome by our own strength.  Only is it possible by the power of the Holy Spirit.  God is merciful, and so are we in the power of the Holy Spirit.   This is the trait of children of God.   The people of the world seek in us.

Finally, who will have the kingdom of heaven?    Those who are the poor in spirit.    One who are rich in hearts with the world will not inherit the kingdom of heaven because their hearts are already filled with the world.  No room left for the Word of God to be planted and to grow in their hearts.   One who are poor in heart have room to receive the Word of God and rejoice in the Word so that the Word be seeded and grow toward the kingdom of heaven.  

By the way, if we follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ, the world will like us and persecute us, not because of our own righteousness, but because of His righteousness.   Inherently, the world does not like those who belong to the kingdom of heaven.   Conflicts between two kingdoms are expected.  On earth, the world flex its muscle to persecute the believers being united with our enemy, Satan, who is truly zealous about us, because we are His children.   Both attack us, and take us to the spiritual battle, but we do not fear because our victory in Him is sure.

 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.   (Ephesians 6:12)

Therefore, this is our faith in Him.

being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 1:6)

Then what we can say?   We should not be discouraged or dismayed, when we are persecuted for His righteousness because we know His kingdom is ours.   We are His lawful heirs and His legitimate children that nobody cannot take away.   Therefore joyfully we can say, in Him, let’s stand firm on our faith, and be comforted by His grace, mercy and love  under all circumstances in this world.

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.   (1 John 5:4)

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Come Now. I Will Make You As White As Snow.

Good Morning!
Greetings in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

“Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”  (Matthew 4:17b)

This was the first message of Jesus Christ when He started His ministry, and it was the first preaching of John the Baptist also.   Both Jesus and John the Baptist emphasized the paramount importance of repenting sins.   Why?  Without repenting our sins, nothing can God do for us.   Our sin becomes the impenetrable barrier between God and us, which blocks all of God’s blessings, grace and mercy that God really wants to give us.   Even so, God’s love toward us has not changed and will not change at all forever.  This is the greatness of God’s love.   Then how can we be sure about this unchanging God’s love?   Jesus told:

In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.  (Matthew 5:45)

Yes, God loves His children under all circumstances.   Apostle Paul experienced this unchanging God’s love through his life, and described as follows:

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow--not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love.   (Romans 8:38)

God’s love never changes.   God patiently waits for us, as a father who is eagerly wanting for his prodigal son’s return, who took the half of his wealth, left his house, and squandered it.    When he saw his prodigal son from distance, he ran to his son and hugged.  He saw his son being suffered a lot since exhausting all the money taken from the father in hungry because nobody gave him food to eat.  A severe drought came to the land where the son went.  There was no place but returning to the father’s house.   As soon as the father saw his son returning, the father rejoiced because he found again his lost son years ago.   The father’s long wait finally ended, and the prodigal son returned to his father’s bosom.    The parable of the prodigal son and his loving father reflects the true secret of the love of our God, our Ever-Loving Father.  

In extreme joy, the father held a feast while inviting his friends and relatives because he had found his son again.   The fact that the prodigal son squandered the half of his wealth did not matter at all.   The son who left the father by his own desire finally realized the reality, and humbly returned to the father.  The father was truly in joy because of the unconditional love of his son.  The father himself was also greatly suffered every night because his beloved son left him.   The father’s suffering also ended by the returning of his son.    Like the father who waited for his prodigal son day and night.    Even at this very moment, our God is waiting for us with His unfailing love.   What’s the reason?   Because God is love.   God truly wants share His unfailing love with us, but the barrier of our sins blocks His blessings and grace.   Every day, God patiently waits for us to tear down the barrier.   How to tearing down the barrier?   Confessing our sins with all our hearts and minds to God and acknowledge with our own mouth to God.   Then God, who is faithful and full of mercy and love, is more than willing to forgive our sins.   As soon as the barrier disappears, God blessings starts flowing from Him to us through His love and mercy.   This is what God exactly wants.   That is, He wants to restore our loving relationship with God, which was once lost.    

Surely we might feel like the prodigal son, who was in shame of squandering all good things of his father.  Please remember that it did not matter to the father because he found his lost son.    Yes, to God, once we were lost, but we are found now after the long waiting for us.      God always desires for us to have His blessings in Him, by Him and for Him.  In fact, He is one and only one source of our blessings: His grace, mercy and love.   

If any of us are still holding of our sins in our heart, then we are blocking all good things from Him.   It is time to carefully and humbly search for our sins, which are often hidden from our plain sight because we are easily of the world.  Then put out all our sins including hidden sins before God one by one while asking for His mercy and forgiveness.   God hears our prayer of His mercy and forgiveness, and surely answers by lovingly touching the deep pain scared by our sins in our hearts, and healing one by one by mending the tears and the pains in our hearts.   The frozen blockages in our hearts caused by the terrible sins start melting when warm spring comes.   His love starts flowing again in our heart, and changing the barren land to a fruitful land flowing the love of God. 

God starts rejoicing in us, and again His true desire shares the richness of His mercy, grace and love.  Our loving God finally comes deep into our lives again.   We continue to bring Him into the center of our hearts as our true King so that He reign us again.    God starts demolishing the stubbornness in our heart, which used to be hardened by our ego, pride, greed and sins.     All self-centered shames and ugliness are clearly exposed before the purity of Our God’s light, and His light gives a new teaching in us.    As we truly receives, our hearts are being transformed.     The barren land is transformed to a land of fertility with good soils for the seeds of God’s Word.    Even the ugliest part of our heart turns into a shiny piece of the precious of reflecting His glory and goodness.    The sins used to reign over us no more because they become powerless before the pure light of God because our hearts are washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ.   It is our sure that the One who started good works in our lives will complete.

until at last the Spirit is poured out
     on us from heaven.
Then the wilderness will become a fertile field,
     and the fertile field will yield bountiful crops.  (Isaiah 32:15)

The wilderness of our hearts will becomes a fertile land, and the barren land will be fruitful.   Suddenly, our heart are filled with goodness of God.   Even we start to produce good things in God.   Although the seeds planted by God is so small and tiny like a mustard seed barely visible, the seeds grow big like the mustard plants where birds in the air perches on the branches.   As growing, we continuously enjoy the presence of God, Our Ever-Loving Father, who resides in our hearts.   

Our hearts are blessed by God without ceasing, as trees planted by streams of water, which yield fruit bountifully throughout its season.   As the good things from the above constantly fills our hearts, and our hearts produces fruit without ceasing.

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!   (Galatians 5:22-23)  

What a blessing!    Our hearts are filled with the good things from above:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.    The fruit of our hearts is so bountiful that it cannot be contained only in our hearts.    It surely overflows from our hearts.  Plainly visible are the fruit oozed out of our hearts.   By the way, the source of bearing the fruit is not of our own might and strength in our heart, but the Holy Spirit dwelling in us.

Let’s not forget:  the power of this world is formidable.   There was no one, even one single person who could overcome the world by his/her own might.    The greatest king of all kings ever lived on earth was King David.    Although he pleased God with his faith, he was at the same time the greatest sinner among those whom we ever know.    He took his own officer’s wife, and he killed her husband to cover up.   His cunning plan and precise execution successfully made her husband killed at the battle field.   Then David joyfully took in Bathsheba to his palace, but God saw this terrible evil acts from the beginning.  God sent His prophet, and exposed the David’s terrible sin.   Without any hesitation, David fully confessed his sins to God.   God saw David’s humility and his repenting heart.   God restored David as His king.   In fact, during the course of David’s sinning, God never stopped loving David.   To God, David was the precious of His love.   

Therefore, two things are absolutely true for all of us:
1.       Nobody is stronger than the power of sin. 
We will all surely fail, if we rely on our might and strength to fight against sins.   Our defeat is sure before the power of sins.   
2.       God is love, and is patiently waiting for us to come back to Him.
We feel shame and guilt dwelling in our hearts due to our sins, but God never gives up on us.   His patience is limitless, and His love is bigger than anything else that we can ever imagine.   The robber on the cross asked Jesus His mercy, and received the mercy of forgiveness.    It is not too late for anyone to receive His mercy.   God is always waiting with His open arms to embrace us and to put us in His ever-loving bosom.

Yes, our God is waiting and telling us even at this very moment:

"Come now, let's settle this," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.  (Isaiah 1:18)