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Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2012 12:00 am

It's an icon on my computer word processing program that I confess to clicking numerous times a day. It's called "undo." It allows me to completely "undo" what I mistakenly "did" while typing. Sometimes it is nothing more than a silly error of little consequence, but other times it has saved me from significant mistakes that could have affected documents and emails that I sent to others.

Don't you wish there was an "undo" tab for your daily life? Think of all the words or actions that, if they could simply be undone, could have taken your life in entirely different direction. Although there is no such button, there is something called "repentance and forgiveness" that actually allows us to grow in character and become restored to God.

This week in Chapter 12 of "The Story," we are introduced to just such a circumstance in the life of the most powerful king in Israel's history, King David.

God originally chose David to be the king not merely because of his skills, but because of his heart. In fact, David was given the nickname "man after God's own heart" by God Himself. David began his time in office as a king who reflected both — compassion toward his people and sensitivity to God.

But power can be a distracting vice, and King David took advantage of his power to become entangled in a distracting scandal that would have easily made leading headlines for weeks in an modern newspaper. Eventually David's sin would include both adultery and murder. You can bet he could have used an "undo" button.

But Chapter 12 is not only a story about failure, it is a story about hope and forgiveness. King David will be confronted with his sin, and incredibly, he will respond in such a way that restoration becomes possible.

To this day, David's repentant prayer of petition in Psalm 51 still brings the clear truth of what it means to confess and be forgiven. David's devastating sin is not without consequences, but he will move past this failure to offer some of the greatest psalms of humble thanksgiving to God and will again become a man whose sinful heart will once again follow after God.

David's humble response to this entire episode will point forward the grace and forgiveness made possible to all of us through another "shepherd" from David's hometown of Bethlehem — Jesus, the Messiah.

Jesus Christ will one day pay the price for our sin with his own perfect sacrifice on the cross, declaring payment for our sins — "DONE." Believing and receiving that "DONE" is better than an "undo" any day.

To learn more about God's Upper Story plan to bring His love and forgiveness to us, please feel welcome to join "The Story" team. For more information, visit www.thestorylodi.com or visit one of these local churches to find out more about "The Story" ministry: First Baptist Church, 267 N. Mills Ave., 209-334-1332, www.fbclodi.com; Ham Lane Church of Christ, 600 S. Ham Lane, 209-369-2817, www.hamlane@sbcglobal.net; Temple Baptist Church, 801 S. Lower Sacramento Road, 209-369-1948, www.tbclodi.com; Vinewood Community Church, 1900 W. Vine St., 209-379-1068, www.vinewoodchurch.com; Emanuel Lutheran Church, 1540 W. Lodi Ave., 209-334-2130, www.emanuellodi.com.

Perry Kallis is the senior pastor at Temple Baptist Church.

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