They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the LORD and for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. 2 Samuel 1:12
The Philistines and the Israelites had went to battle against each other. In the process of the battle Saul and his son Jonathan were killed. After the battle David received word that they had died. David and his men began to weep and mourn greatly for their death and the loss that the army and Israel had just gone through.
Most people, when they have an enemy, will rejoice when that enemy falls or is destroyed. They see it as a great victory regardless of who the enemy was. They do not look at who the person was or who that person could have been, the person is only seen as an enemy.
Saul was an enemy to David as he strove very hard to have David killed. Yet, David knew that Saul was God’s chosen king, even though God was in the process of removing him from being a king anymore. Despite how bad Saul was to David, he still cared about Saul.
You probably have someone in your life who is an enemy to you. They do not treat you correctly and are out to get you. The question now is how do you treat them? Do you treat them with love and compassion? Or with hatred and vengeance?
Jesus said that every believer is to love every person, even the enemies. God loved you while you still hated Him and as you put Jesus on the cross. It was your sins, along with everyone else’s sins, that put Him on the cross to die.
If God can love you during that time, can you not love your enemy?
When your enemy falls, you should not rejoice, but weep over the loss. That person is a lost child that God loves. He does not want any to perish, but to have everlasting life. When the enemy dies there is no more chance to know and serve Jesus, it is over.
When your enemy has fallen what do you do?
Do you rejoice?
Or do you weep the loss?
I pray today that you will love others as God has loved you; that you will see every person as a potential child of God; that you will see the loss in the death of any person; and that you will strive to tell everyone about Jesus.