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2Samuel 12:7-10.13

Nathan said to David, ' The Lord the God of Israel says this, "I anointed you king over Israel; I delivered you from the hands of Saul; I gave your master's house to you, his wives into your arms; I gave you the House of Israel and of Judah; and if this were not enough, I would add as much again for you. Why have you shown contempt for Yahweh, doing what displeases him? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, taken his wife for your own, and killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. So now the sword will never be far from your House, since you have shown contempt for me and taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife."

David said to Nathan, 'I have sinned against Yahweh'. Then Nathan said to David, 'Yahweh, for his part, forgives your sin; you are not to die.'

Can any human relationship be perfect? They would all seem to be subject to at least the occasional lapse into selfishness that gives rise to the need to say, 'Sorry' and the need to accept the apology. Perhaps the strength of a relationship can be measured by the sincerity of the apology and the willingness to accept it. If someone is too proud to apologise then the relationship is not that important to him; if someone refuses to acknowledge his own faults then he is too shallow to have any deep relationship with anyone - even himself. Our relationship with God is not built around our perfection but around our acknowledging of our faults and willingness to grow and God's willingness to accept our sorrow and help us grow.