August 15, 2017
Read 2 Samuel 18:1-18
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Scripture: 2 Samuel 18:5- “Then the king ordered Joab and Abishai and Ittai, “Deal gently for my sake with the young man Absalom.” The whole army heard what the king commanded the three captains regarding Absalom.
Observation: David gives explicit orders to the commanders before they go into battle against his son's forces, Absalom is to be spared. Despite Absalom's earlier betrayal toward him, David wants to show his son mercy (mercy is defined as not getting what we deserve).
Application: We can overlook a multitude of faults when we love someone deeply. How else do we explain the actions of husbands and wives – or parents – toward a son or daughter or spouse of an addict? The actions of loving parents toward an unruly teenager? Or, ANY pet owner?
And how much greater is God's love for us! With inexhaustible mercy toward us, he is able to see beyond our failings. To see beyond past hurts & disappointments we've caused. As we seek to become more like Christ, we who are the recipients of such mercy, are called to show ever greater levels of mercy toward others. Because, as David knew, holding onto past hurts gets in the way of our ability to fully experience the love God has woven into the very fabric of his creation.
Prayer: Heavenly Father. Thank you for your great love for us. The mercy you shower us with. And the lessons you teach us, in love. Help me to overlook any slights that come my way today – whether intended or accidental. May the way I relate to others glorify you. Amen.
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