“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.’”  (I Samuel 26:9-11, NIV)

David had many opportunities to “tip the scale” against his nemesis, Saul; but David refused because he recognized that Saul — despite Saul’s wickedness — was still anointed of God.

As disciples of Jesus, we have within us God’s own Holy Spirit.  Furthermore, all people are created in the image and likeness of God.  Therefore, we belong to God — even when we rebel against His authority.

Take care with how you treat others.  Resist opportunities to “tip the scale” against others.  God sees all; and God is faithful to deal with the evil deeds of others in ways that are far above and beyond anything that we might devise.  – Luther

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