The Bible is a colorful book about real people in the midst of struggles, suffering, and temptations. For example, King David took another man’s wife and had her husband murdered. As a result, David lost His kingdom. His son, Absalom, forced him out of the capital city, Jerusalem, in humiliation. As David and a small band of followers left the city, another man came out throwing dirt and rocks and cursing David. “Get out, get out, you man of bloodshed, and worthless fellow,” he cried (2 Samuel 16:7). You might feel like one of David’s companions who responded, “Let me go over now, and cut off his head” (2 Samuel 16:9). But David kept his head. “Let him alone and let him curse, for the Lord has told him” (2 Samuel 16:11).
David felt the sting of that verbal abuse, but David knew he deserved much worse. David knew the penalty for his actions. “Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the Law, to perform them” (Galatians 3:11). And so David placed faith in the promised Savior. David therefore knew God’s forgiveness.
The Savior is Jesus Christ. Christ takes the curse. Through faith we receive forgiveness. The Bible declares Jesus Christ saves “us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us” (Galatians 3:13).
To help you see the place of forgiveness, click here and listen to a story of forgiveness, “David, Shimei, Jesus, and You.”