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The Biblical Decree to Help Others Avoid Our Mistakes (Sins)!

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    Psalm 51 - the Amplified Bible (AMP)

    To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David; when Nathan the prophet came to him after he had sinned with Bathsheba.

    1 HAVE MERCY upon me, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to the multitude of Your tender mercy and loving-kindness blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly [and repeatedly] from my iniquity and guilt and cleanse me and make me wholly pure from my sin! 3 For I am conscious of my transgressions and I acknowledge them; my sin is ever before me. 4 Against You, You only, have I sinned and done that which is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified in Your sentence and faultless in Your judgment. 5 Behold, I was brought forth in [a state of] iniquity; my mother was sinful who conceived me [and I too am sinful]. 6 Behold, You desire truth in the inner being; make me therefore to know wisdom in my inmost heart. 7 Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean [ceremonially]; wash me, and I shall [in reality] be whiter than snow. 8 Make me to hear joy and gladness and be satisfied; let the bones which You have broken rejoice. 9 Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my guilt and iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from Your presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit.

    13 Then will I teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted and return to You. :flower:

    *WHEN READING THIS TREMENDOUS WORK OF DAVID, it's words of REMORSE and REPENTANCE often seem to overpower the words of verse 13. However, I believe it is essential that, as believers, we not only share how he forgave and restored us, but that, we (candidly and in spiritual transparency) take those lessons of failure and humility back to the body and testify of our weaknesses, in order to help others to avoid our mistakes.

    By sharing our own mistakes (sins) others, like us, who have stalled along the path, can muster the courage and inspiration to get back up and move forward, again! Your witness (not only your successes, but your failures and moments of weakness) is crucial to others, and David speaks quite loudly about the need for us to teach others. :type: