I’ve been thinking about forgiveness since Sunday.
David had a tumultuous relationship with Saul. Saul was his king, yet Saul was on a rampage, trying to kill him for many years. A careful review of scripture shows that David did not let anger and bitterness take root in his heart. He lived in this difficult relationship, yet walked in an attitude of respect and showed that he was working for Saul’s good.
How did he live in forgiveness and display godly love when Saul was throwing javelins and sending soldiers after him?
I think the key is in Psalms 11-14
- God is God, and we are not.
- Have a real relationship with God and don’t pull any punches – ask God the tough questions.
- Be honest with your feelings, don’t pretend to be ‘holy’.
- Trust God – explicitly.
- God is the vindicator, trust Him.
This point of view allowed David to glimpse himself in the mirror and see the commonality he shared with the person who threw the javelin. The difference was that he trusted God.
It was this reflection that allowed him to hold forgiveness and compassion and resist bitterness.
Without God, we are all worms, we are all helpless and hopeless. Hurting people hurt people. God wants to show us something.
Every action causes a reaction. When a hurting person lashes out, if we lash back, we have created an increasing momentum swing. However, if we take the hurt and lay it at Jesus’ feet, we free ourselves up to act in forgiveness and compassion. We have stopped the negative actions and begun a cycle of positive action.