There’s an interesting contrast in the Bible between Saul and David. King Saul twice violated God’s commands about handling the spoils of battle. Saul’s consequence was for God to reject him as king.
David, however, had an affair with Bathsheba, and killed Uriah to cover up his affair. Yet, God gave David a second chance.
In 2 Samuel 12, we read, “Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has taken away your sin.”
David was restored, but Saul was not. The difference seems to be that David was sincerely repentant. Saul seemed sorry he got caught, rather than sorry for his actions.
If you’re debating whether to give an employee a second chance, look for sincere repentance.
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