Sunday, October 28, 2012

You Are The Bigger Person

1 Samuel 26 8-12
 Abishai said to David, “Today God has delivered your enemy into your hands. Now let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of the spear; I won’t strike him twice.”
 But David said to Abishai, Don’t destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless?  As surely as the Lord lives,” he said, “the Lord himself will strike him, or his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish. But the Lord forbid that I should lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed. Now get the spear and water jug that are near his head, and let’s go.”
So David took the spear and water jug near Saul’s head, and they left. No one saw or knew about it, nor did anyone wake up. They were all sleeping, because the Lord had put them into a deep sleep.

This was the third time that David had the opportunity to kill Saul. He really did not want to, but Saul so consumed with jealousy could not help but pursue David. As you can see in these passages, David was the bigger man. Often times in our lives it seems very easy to confront and defeat our "enemies" verbally or vindictively in some form or fashion. It takes a bigger person to stay away from those tactics. We have to pray for wisdom and understanding. We have to know that God sees our hearts. And if our hearts are full of hate and bitterness we will never receive our blessing.

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