"For David had done what was right in the eyes of the LORD and had not failed to keep any of the LORD's commands all the days of his life—except in the case of Uriah the Hittite". I Kings 15:5
I came on this verse in my daily bible reading a couple nights ago... it's one of my favorites! I see two things in it:
1) God may forgive you but that doesn't mean your mistakes won't follow you a LONG time (in this case, be blogged about 3,000 years later).
2) You can mess up pretty bad..... (David broke like 4 commandments with the "Uriah incident" and 5 if you include the one about honoring your father and mother because I'm sure it wasn't a proud day for his mom and dad).... and God will still love and accept you. (A repentant heart is required for the acceptance part, I think... see Psalm 51).
Do you have an "except for that one time" in your life? I do. (Not counting using MIs in worship... I'm not sure God can forgive that one). Seriously, though... I'm thankful that my life isn't defined by the exceptions... even if it's hard to forgive myself... I am thankful that God can, does and has.
From TENTH AVENUE NORTH, "You've Been Remade":
You are more than the choices that you've madeYou are more than the sum of your past mistakesYou are more than the problems you create....You've been remade!