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Our Love For God Leads To Forgiving Others

Now when King David came to Bahurim, there was a man from the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei the son of Gera, coming from there. He came out, cursing continuously as he came. Also Shimei said thus when he cursed: “Come out! Come out! You bloodthirsty man, you rogue! And as David and his men went along the road, Shimei went along the hillside opposite him and cursed as he went, threw stones at him and kicked up dust. 2 Samuel 16:5, 7, 13 (NKJV)

King David was fleeing his own kingdom, as his very own son Absalom was attempting to overthrow his reign as King.  As David and his faithful men were walking along on one side of the road, there was a man named Shimei who was on the other side.  Shimei kicked dirt while throwing insults and stones at David.   

Abishai, one of David’s mighty men of valor, could not stand by and watch what was happening, so he spoke to David saying, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Please, let me go over and take off his head!” (2 Sam. 16:9). David answered Abishai in this way, “Let him alone, and let him curse; for so the LORD has ordered him” (2 Sam. 16:11).

David was basically telling Abishai, “God has obviously allowed this man to come against me and allowed him to say these things, so who am I to take revenge against him?”  He decided to let God deal with it.  And deal with it He did as Absalom and his entire army were defeated against David and his small band of men.  God had defended David and allowed for him to come through his trial.  And in the process, David’s son Absalom, the man responsible for the revolt, was struck dead.  But what about this man who hurled rocks and insults against David—what became of Shimei?  We can see how God humbled him and brought honor to David in the Book of 2 Samuel 19. 

Then a ferryboat went across to carry over the king’s household, and to do what he thought good.  Now Shimei the son of Gera fell down before the king when he had crossed the Jordan. Then he said to the king, “Do not let my lord impute iniquity to me, or remember what wrong your servant did on the day that my lord the king left Jerusalem, that the king should take it to heart. For I, your servant, know that I have sinned. Therefore here I am, the first to come today of all the house of Joseph to go down to meet my lord the king” 2 Samuel 19:18-20 (NKJV).

Again, we can see King David’s commander suggested putting Shimei to death.  And again David responded with wisdom and grace by saying, “Shall any man be put to death today in Israel? For do I not know that today I am king over Israel?”  Shimei knew he didn’t deserve David’s mercy or grace, and yet this is exactly what he received from David.   

And so it is with you and I.  We don’t deserve God’s grace and mercy, and yet He has given it to us simply because He chose to love us.  And God has asked us to love others in this same way (Mark 12:31).  When we choose to do this, we show the fruit of His spirit in us and we glorify Him.  What a blessing to be used in such a powerful way.  

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses" Matthew 6:14-15 (NKJV).

I want to encourage you today to forgive those who have offended you. Choose to imitate our Lord (Eph. 5:1). May you say, like the Psalmist says, “My defense is of God, who saves the upright in heart.” (Ps. 7:10)  Let’s turn it over to God.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about our need to forgive others of their offenses against us?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you holding on to any offenses committed against you?  Are you willing to show grace (unmerited favor) to those who have offended you?  Are you willing to allow God to be your defender?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to forgive anyone who may have offended you—regardless of the offense. Choose to pray for them, and trust the Lord, and lean not on your own understanding. 

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for forgiving me. Thank You for Your mercy. Thank You for transforming me through my various trials. Father, please show me any person I have not forgiven for an offense. Help me to show them the same mercy and grace You have shown me. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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