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“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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“The LORD rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness.  The LORD delivered you (Saul) into my (David’s) hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the LORD’s anointed.  As surely as I valued your life today, so may the LORD value my life and deliver me from all trouble.”  (I Samuel 26:23-24, NIV)

David had many good reasons — and opportunities — to reward Saul for all of the evil that Saul had done to him, but David had no excuse to avenge himself.

Being a faithful disciple of Jesus means forgoing the exercise of our human “rights” in order to grasp divine peace.

David reminds us that the grace we extend to others is multiplied and returned to us, not by the recipient (it is a bridge too far for some people to return kindness and mercy in any measure); but by the Lord God!

While our neighbors may be the beneficiaries of our restraint, it is the Lord God who sees all; and “rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness.”   Always live for the audience of One!  – Luther

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“This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt.”  (I Samuel 15:2, NIV)

There are times in life when others deal unfairly — or even ruthlessly — with us, as the Amalekites did with the Children of Israel during their time in the wilderness.

There is no denying the pain of a betrayal, or the expense of the remedies; but as a disciple of Jesus, we must remain focused on the task(s) God has set before us.

The Lord God did not forget the offenses of the Amalekites.  At a time of the Lord’s choosing, he addressed the offenses of Israel’s enemies.  He will do the same for us if — repeat — if we will forego vengeance, keeping scores, and bearing grudges against those who have wounded us.

Our heavenly Father has these things “for action.”  Our assigned task is to remain utterly faithful to do all that He has set before us.  – Luther

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