David then said to Abishai and all his officials, “My son, my own flesh and blood, is trying to kill me. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the LORD has told him to. It may be that the LORD will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today.” 2 Samuel 16:11-12
David’s son was setting himself up to kill David and take the throne, so David and his men were on the run. As they were going, Shimei, who was part of Saul’s family, started to curse him and throw stones at him. He was angry because David had taken Saul’s place as king. Some of the men wanted to strike Shimei down for his disrespect to David, but David stopped them. He felt that maybe it was God’s hand that was causing Shimei to curse him and David trusted in God’s faithfulness.
When a person is cursed by someone, most people will strike back. They will curse the person also, or ask God to strike that person down. It is very common to hear a person retaliate in the same way.
David did not retaliate against Shimei. He ignored the cursing and trusted the situation to God, just as he did as King Saul was trying to kill him. He trusted that God would see his situation and have mercy on him.
Several thousand years later, Jesus would tell the people to love and pray for their enemies. As Jesus was being crucified, He prayed for them and did not strike or curse back. Believers are to ignore the cursing that others place on them.
There will be times that someone will be mad at you for something and will begin to curse you. This cursing usually will be in the form of talking bad about you to others. It can happen in your neighborhood, at your workplace, or even in your church. It can public or it can be done in private.
You have a choice to make. You could be like the world and retaliate in the same way. Or you could be like David and Jesus and ignore the curses, and love and pray for that person.
How will you react today?
As the world?
Or as Jesus?
I pray today that God will fill you with His love for your enemies; that God will strengthen you to ignore the cursing of others; that God will show His mercy to you; and that God will restore all that the enemy has taken from you.