King David was one of the most godly men in the Bible. At an early age he was chosen by God to be King of Israel, he was empowered by God to defeat the giant Goliath, and he was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write many of the Psalms. The Bible describes David as a man after God’s own heart.
But David fell into sin; serious sin, including having someone murdered. David knew the despair and guilt that his sins brought for the rest of his life.
Could God ever forgive someone who had done so much wrong? God did forgive David and used him not only as the king but to write more inspired Psalms. Psalm 25 and 51 record David’s confession and prayer asking for forgiveness.
Saul of Tarsus was another who committed great sins by persecuting the early Christians. The Bible describes him as the chiefest of sinners. Yet God forgave him and used him to be an apostle and writer of much of the New Testament.
These men’s lives should remind us that even though we too have sinned, God’s love is so great that he has mercy on us and will forgive us completely if we will call on him and receive his son as our Savior.