The king was shaken. He went up to the room over the gateway and wept. As he went, he said: “O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you–O Absalom, my son, my son!” 2 Samuel 18:33
Absalom, son of David, tried to usurp the throne of Israel from David. In the process he slept with David’s concubines, and then gathered men to fight against David. David allowed his men to go out and capture Absalom, but told them to not harm him at all. In the process of getting chased down, Absalom gets caught in a tree and dies. When the message of his death is brought back to David, he weeps and cries out for his son, wishing he was the one to die instead.
Family fights are very common seen in the world today, as have been since Cain and Abel. One family member does another something wrong, and hatred for each other follows them to the grave.
Children are often bitter against a parent for the way they were brought up or a harm the parent did to them at one point in their life. They refuse to speak to their parents or have anything to do with them.
A child does something wrong against a parent, and the parent often removes them from their will. Again, they do not want anything to do with them.
Absalom had tried to kill David and take his throne, yet, David still loved him. He loved him so much he was wished he could have died instead of Absalom dying.
This same love is seen in Jesus for you. He took your punishment and died for your sins. God does not want to see you die.
You also must have this same love for others. Especially for family. No one, except God, should be closer to you than family. Regardless of how a family member treats you, they are still family.
How do you treat your family?
Is there God’s love, or the world’s hatred to your family?
I pray today that you will know God’s love for you and your family; that God will fill you with His love for others; that you will forgive others for wrong’s done to you; and that your love for others will be a witness of the love of God.