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Did David's sin have any consequences?

Yes! While the Lord forgave David, the consequences of his sin were devastating. First, the baby born to David and Bathsheba died (2 Sam. 12:14). Then David's firstborn son, Amnon, raped his own sister (2 Sam. 13:1–20). And three of David's oldest sons died violent deaths (2 Sam. 13:28–33; 18:14–15; 1 Kings 2:13–25). In fact, from 2 Samuel 12 until 2 Samuel 20, Scripture recounts the consequences of David's sin. These chapters stand as a gigantic warning sign to us today. A godly person may step into the slimy pit of immorality and sin, and even though there is forgiveness, the consequences and the fallout are terrible. Sure, it will cost us to obey God, but it will cost us and our families much more if we do not.

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