I am saddened to learn that Governor Sanford has been unfaithful to his wife and children. I was also saddened last week to hear Senator Ensign confess to the same sin.
This reminds us that we are sinful people in need of a savior. We cannot save ourselves from the temptations of life. David, in the bible, proved that to us. But, David also proved that he was a man after God’s own heart…..in other words, when God put His finger on him, David admitted that he had sinned. He told God, “You are right and I am wrong.” This is called REPENTANCE.
God forgave David immediately. God forgives us immediately, when we confess our sins to Him. While we receive God’s forgiveness without hesitation, sometimes, the consequences of our sins, must play out. The consequences are not God’s way of getting even with us….He already got even with us long ago, when His Son, Jesus Christ, went to the cross and took the punishment for us and paid for every sin we have committed and will commit. The consequences are to bring us to a state of repentance and dependence on Him more and more in our daily lives. The bottom line is He loves us. Those of us who believe in these terms can sleep well at night.
Because Governor Sanford and Senator Ensign are Christian men, hopefully, they have confessed their sins to God and have repented. God has forgiven them. That means that all of you and I must forgive them too. Their consequences will probably play out before all of us. There will need to be much healing in their families and among their staffs and constituencies. Future dreams and hopes may now be a thing of the past……no one knows but God.
Here is a prayer for the families and friends of Senator Ensign and Governor Sanford: