2 Samuel 18:33 Weeping For The Enemy

Bridge in a park

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 

When an enemy dies, most people will rejoice. They want to see the enemy defeated and pay for what he has done wrong.

Very few people like their enemies and even fewer love their enemies. When the enemy has a major set-back in life or is destroyed, the majority of people are happy about it. The more damage that the enemy had done, the greater the people want the person to pay for it in death or pain and suffering.

David’s son, Absalom, had chosen to fight against David to gain the throne as king of Israel. David and his men had to flee, because Absalom had grown so powerful against David. Despite the problems Absalom had been giving David, he did not want any harm to come to him.

In the process of the battle, Absalom gets killed. When David hears about this, he weeps out loud. He even states that he wishes he would have died instead. David was showing great love for his enemy.

Both those in the world and those in the church will often rejoice at the death of an enemy. They have very little compassion for the enemy. The greater the crimes, the less the compassion.

Jesus was not like that. He wept over the loss of anyone, even the enemy. His love over came the anger against the enemy.

Believers should be just like David and Jesus in showing compassion even for the enemy. At a minimum, it could be seen that a dead enemy, is a person who is lost for eternity from God. They no longer have a chance to serve God and live for eternity.

Allow yourself to be filled with God’s great love, to the point that when an enemy dies or is destroyed, your heart breaks out of love and compassion for the person. You can rejoice at the destruction of spiritual forces, but people are not spiritual forces. People are lost children of God whom God loves and Jesus died on the cross for.

As a believer you are not to be against a person, but against the spirit behind the person. Show your love and compassion to everyone, including your enemies.

I pray today that you will know God’s love and compassion; that you will show God’s love and compassion to others; that you will pray to God for those who are your enemies; and that the world will see God’s love and compassion through you.

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2 Samuel 15:21 Serving Others

Soldiers in line

But Ittai replied to the king, “As surely as the LORD lives, wherever my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be.” 2 Samuel 15:21 

Serving others can mean very different things to different people and different situations. To some degree, ever person serves somebody to some level.

When talking about serving others, most people think about free serving, especially in the Christian community. Yet, serving someone is just helping meet the needs of someone else.

Every person who works a job is serving someone. They are serving the boss and the costumers of that business. Some may directly serve, while others are very indirectly serving.

David was fleeing from his son, Absalom, for his life. Absalom was working to take over as king. As David was leaving, Ittai, a foreigner, a Hittite, wanted to go with David. David was going to send him back, but Ittai refused. He committed to serve David anywhere and anytime, even unto death.

Many people do not like to be a servant to someone else. They want to be served. Yet, Jesus, who was God’s Son, came to serve man, who broke relationship with God and deserved only death. He showed commitment to mankind, even including death on a cross.

It is common for a person to serve someone else as a long as it is a benefit to serve. There has to be something in it for the person to serve. All Jesus had was the hope that some would follow Him and be saved. There was no guarantee.

Commitment to serve must be made, regardless if it is a voluntary service or a paid service. Every believer is to work as unto the Lord, giving his best for whoever he is serving at the time.

Your first commitment to serve must be to God. Serve Him first and foremost. Then you must be willing to serve others as He puts them in your path. Give your best to everyone you meet.

As Ittai stated, be willing to serve, even to the point of death. This is showing the love God has shown you and is showing the rest of the world. As you are serving others, God will put others in your path to serve you. God will be your strength to make it through some tough service and you will be blessed more than any man can bless you.

Who can you serve today?

Today I pray that you will know who God wants you to serve; that you will serve as Jesus served you; that you will have God’s love for others in your life; and that God will use you to touch the hearts of many people. 

2 Samuel 12:13 Admission Of Sin

Coruh River

Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” Nathan replied, “The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.” 2 Samuel 12:13 

People make mistakes and do things wrong all the time. When they make a mistake, the majority of people do not want to admit to the mistake. They try to excuse it away or blame it on someone else. It is common to hear people blame other co-workers or their parents for a mistake that only they, themselves, have made.

Others will try to cover up the mistake and lie about every having made it. They do not want anyone to know the bad choice that they had made. Very seldom do people actually admit to making the mistake and try to make it right.

David had made the choice of sleeping with a married woman, then he had her husband killed to cover it up. Even though the world really did not know the truth, God did. God had seen the entire situation from beginning to end.

God sent Nathan, a prophet, to talk to David about this mistake. When he pointed out the mistake to David, David had admitted to it. In the admission he knew he sinned against God. He no longer tried to cover it up.

Every person makes the mistake of sinning. Not just once, but many times. Some believers will try to cover up the sin as though nothing happened, yet it did happen. All a believer needs to do is go before God and admit the sin he has done.

God is not standing there ready to beat the person down or kill him, but is ready to forgive and remove the sin. Jesus died for that very purpose, to remove sin. All one has to do is admit the sin to God and turn from that sin.

There have been times you have made the choice to sin against God. Instead of trying to ignore it or cover it up, go to God about it. Let God know that you have sinned against Him and repent of that sin.

God in His great, eternal love and mercy will forgive you. God wants you to live, not die. He wants you in His family for all eternity and not be banned to hell.

The joy God will give you in forgiving you is greater than the weight of cover-up of that sin. Turn to Him today for forgiveness.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus has for you; that you will not cover up your sin against God; that you will admit to God when you have done wrong; and that you will know the joy of forgiveness in your life. 

2 Samuel 11:2-3 Going To Far

Apple and snake

One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 2 Samuel 11:2-3 

Temptations are something that every person has to face. It is something that cannot be avoided. What a person does with that temptation, however, is a choice.

The world does not believe in sin, so they are willing to do anything and everything, every time an opportunity opens up the door. Most people will not think twice about doing something, regardless of what it is, when the door is opened for them.

David had stayed home from the battles and was out one evening looking around. From his roof he saw a woman bathing and she was beautiful. Immediately he sent to find out about her. This woman was Bathsheba. In the end he sleeps with her and she gets pregnant.

When David had seen her, he had a choice to make–to turn his eyes away or keep looking. He chose to keep looking and to find out who she was. Then he had another choice to make–to leave her alone or do something with her. Again, he chose the wrong path and slept with her, causing many problems.

Every believer meets up with temptations and choices to be made. Often, like David, believers will keep looking at the temptation, not immediately doing anything, but playing with the thought. As they hold onto those thoughts, the temptation gets stronger and the chance of making the right choice lessens. Many will then fall into the trap of sin.

Allowing the temptation to play in the mind, is allowing oneself to go to far. It allows the temptation to grow. This is with any temptation, not just sexual sins as David did.

There will come a time when a temptation rises up to face you. You will begin to have choices to make. You can continue to look at the temptation and allow it to rise in power. Or you can immediately turn away and flee the temptation.

The longer you look, the less likely you will make the choice. Do not allow yourself to go to far and make the wrong choice. Turn your eyes and thoughts onto God and seek His strength to overcome the temptation.

I pray today that you will keep your eyes on God; that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you to make the right choices; that you will turn to God for strength; and that you will honor God with your life and choices. 

2 Samuel 9:1 Show Kindness To The Enemy

Little girl and a dog

David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2 Samuel 9:1 

Showing kindness is something that people will do to those who show kindness back. When a person is around someone who is not normally kind, he usually will not show any kindness. The harsher the person, the less likely one will show kindness to him.

The world looks at someone who is an enemy or not kind as not being worthy of kindness. That person will only be treated as an enemy and just as harsh as he is treating others. Not only will that person be treated harshly, but also his entire family will be despised and treated badly.

Saul was an enemy to David. He had set out to kill David for no real reason, other than jealousy. He treated David badly for many years. Yet, after his death, David was still willing to show kindness to Saul’s son Jonathan.

David was still willing to show God’s love and mercy to those who were his enemies. He did this out of love for others. David had cared for Saul and his son, Jonathan with a pure heart. That care was still there, despite the wrongs suffered.

One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is kindness. Every believer should have kindness in their heart and actions towards others.

There are many believers, who have not learned how to be kind to others. They are kind to those who are kind to them, but are rude and vengeful to those who are the enemy. They treat others as they are treated, rather than how God treats people.

It is the kindness of God that brings a person to repentance. It can be the kindness of a person that can draw others to God and to the person. It can break down walls of hostility and hatred.

As a believer, allow yourself to be filled with the kindness of God to everyone, including your enemies. Seek how you can show kindness in more than just words.

In this way you are demonstrating God’s love and kindness to people who do not know God.

Do not allow bitterness or anger build up in you from an enemy who has treated you wrong. Allow the love of God to overcome the enemy in your life.

Who should you begin to show kindness to today?

Today I pray that you will know God’s kindness to you; that you will know God’s love for you and all other people; that God will strengthen you to show His kindness to others; and that God will use you to reach others for Jesus.

2 Samuel 6:22 Humiliated For God

Girl dancing in field

“I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.” 2 Samuel 6:22 

Being humiliated is something that most people do not like to have happen to them. It creates embarrassment and humbles a person. The majority of people will do some things crazy and that will be slightly humiliating but will not cross a line, they will only go so far.

The reason most people will only go so far is that they know people are watching them. They do not want to stand out as very different. Most people want to fit in with what others are doing, instead of going against the flow.

For a number of years the ark of the covenant had not been in Bethlehem. David had his army go and get the ark back from the Philistines. As it was being brought into the city, David started dancing like crazy. He was jumping around with excitement, knowing the ark was back where it belonged.

His wife, Michal, saw him and was upset. She did not like how he acted, since David was the king of Israel. He was not acting properly for his position. David told her that he would act even more undignified and be humiliated in his own eyes.

David knew the value and importance of the ark of the covenant. He was willing to show his true emotions of extreme excitement at getting it back.

Although today, the ark is no longer used, there is God’s presence in a believer’s life. The believer can show extreme excitement for God when He shows up.

Many believers hold themselves in check. They want to be prim and proper around others. They do not have the extreme joy of knowing God in their lives. They do not want to stand out as different.

When God is present in your life, you will not care about what others are thinking. Your focus will be on God. You can become like a little child before God and show your love for Him in ways that are not always conventional.

This can be humiliating, because that is not the way most people do things or act. Yet, if it is done out of true love for God, it is great before God.

Do not worry about what others think, but allow your heart to follow after God with extreme excitement.

I pray today that you will know the joy of knowing Jesus; that you will know the excitement of having God in your life; that you will allow Jesus to be raised up as you are lowered; and that the world will see your love for God.

1 Samuel 26:23 Turning Down Revenge

Calm lake in a valley

The LORD rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness. The LORD delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the LORD’s anointed. 1 Samuel 26:23 

Revenge is what a lot of people want and will take if given the opportunity. They will strive to get back at a person who has done wrong to them. Often people think it is their right to be able to strike back at the enemy or any person who has done some wrong to them.

This revenge is often covered up by calling it justice or giving the person what he deserves.

David was being chased by King Saul to be destroyed, even though David had never did anything against the king. At one point, David and his men come upon Saul during the night, while he was sleeping, and had the opportunity to kill Saul. According to the normal customs at the time, he had that right. Yet, David does not want to even touch Saul. He chooses to turn down the opportunity for revenge and trusts God for His deliverance.

It is easy to think that God had given David the opportunity to kill Saul, yet, David would not. He was looking at something greater, God’s love for all people. David would let God deal with His enemies in His way and in His time.

Every believer will have days where the opportunity to strike back physically against his enemy will arise. He will have to make a choice as to what he will do at that time.

Following the ways of the world and striking the enemy is easy. Yet, God’s ways are to show mercy, grace, and love–refusing to strike or get revenge. Jesus later stated that the believer is to turn the cheek and forgive many times.

As a believer, there was a time when you had been an enemy of God. He could have chosen to strike and kill you many times. Yet, God did not, but chose to show you love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness.

In the same way God has shown you mercy and grace, you must also show that same mercy and grace towards those who are your enemy. Allow God to be the one who will strike your enemies in His time and way.

Chose to turn down the opportunity for revenge and allow God to work through you to show His love and mercy. It can change the hearts of people.

I pray today that you will know God’s love and mercy in your life; that you will show His love and mercy to your enemies; and that you will trust God to deliver you from your enemies in His way and time.