It says in verse 21:1 that David sought the face of the Lord. We must seek the Lord (asking for His cleansing and forgiveness), acknowledge the corporate sin in humility, and seek to make restitution...restitution is not paying back the sin, it is an expression of your sorrow that benefits the person wronged. If you decide to drive drunk and you kill some little kid, then you cannot do anything to bring that child back, but you can pay them a lot of money and say that I am sorry and serve a jail term. The Key is that you have to seek God for what to do...Christ has made atonement for the guilt of our sins, but there are times when for both personal and family or corporate sin, Christ is calling us to set things right!
Is there any corporate sin that involves you that you need to acknowledge in humility and seek God for forgiveness and ask Him how to make things right?
How can we "Be Cleansed From Your Own Sins That Affect other People"?
Sometimes its the other way around, not you suffering from corporate sin, but others suffering corporately from your sin. David seems to sin by counting on his own his own strength (in counting the fighting men) rather than God’s, which is pointed out by Joab. Once again repentance and restitution are the answer.
Zaccheus was freely forgiven, 100% full stop. Saved. But what happened as a result of being forgiven and saved? He wanted to give half his possessions to the poor and pay back 4 times if he had cheated anyone! Wow!
In chapter 24David takes responsibility and thus relieves the suffering from his people... he says he will not offer sacrifices that cost him nothing! Do you think that your salvation was free? What did it cost? The very life and dignity of the Son of God. Do you know the opposite of group guilt from a head? It is group righteousness from a federal head, in other words, imputation or crediting of Christ’s righteousness to you is the other side of this coin, you have been freed from all guilt in Jesus Christ! But listen, now that Christ has freed you and forgiven you, he has ordained a life of good works for you, that you should walk in them (Eph. 2:8-10!) 8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
A good place to start on the journey of good works is making restitution for anything that you have harmed someone else in, but when that has been done, then two more things in the future: 1) don’t involve yourself (to the best of your ability) with any organization or leader that may bring corporate guilt upon you and 2) work to help others in mercy ministry to ease the burdens of this broken world, in other words everything that is wrong with this world is either related to original sin or subsequent sin, so let us preach the gospel that people may be saved but also do our part to do good in this world for in doing so we reflect the character of Christ who not only preached and provided for forgiveness but also healed sick people and made the lame to walk and the blind to see out of compassion and to point people forward to the life of the world to come, which will be holistically perfect!
And there we won’t have to deal with our own sins or someone else's sin ever again. Praise God!
In Prayer Today:
Praise God for opening the pathway of cleansing, healing, and righting every wrongs.