Verse Passage: 1 Samuel 26:25 “Then Saul said to David, “May you be blessed, David my son; you will do great things and surely triumph.” So David went on his way, and Saul returned home.” – NIV
Have you found that relationships with family and even sometimes with friends can be difficult.
Things can be going so good one minute and then boom next thing you know it’s falling apart. When it feels as if you’ve acquired an enemy, it is tempting to take up the defensive: You have been hurt and you want them to feel the pain you are experiencing. Yet, God calls us to a higher standard.
Which this position is very awkward for us and we don’t like it. But it’s what we are called to and what we need to strive to rise to.
In Samuel we can see a blessing being given and peace manifesting in this situation. However, what we don’t see is the chapters before this that described this very relationship falling apart. Saul, who had been like a father to David, set out to kill him on many occasions. Each mission ended up with the tables turned and David was the one with the chance to kill, though he refrained each time, acknowledging that Saul was chosen by God.
David’s actions allowed Saul to see that God was guiding David’s life and would give him success. Something that we need to grasp is that we can’t control how people act towards us. No matter how hard we try we just can’t.
However, you can control your response. This is key.
When you remember that we are each God’s chosen and treat others as such, people will see the character of God directing your life. And they will see a life that reflects Christ.
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