2 Samuel 1:1-2:7

Read 2 Samuel 1:1-2:7.

Put yourself in David’s shoes. Saul has attempted time and time again to take your life, and now, news has reached you that Saul’s life has come to an end, along with the life of your dearest friend Jonathan. How would you respond? David, maybe surprisingly to our 2021-trained eyes, responds with dignity that honors not only his friend but even his adversary. Despite all of Saul’s offenses against him, David laments the loss of father and son, beloved and lovely. You see, Saul’s behavior didn’t determine David’s. Saul’s rebellion didn’t diminish his dignity as one created in the image of God, and David didn’t let it diminish his either.

So much of what is normal in our culture (yes, even in our Christian subculture) is about winning at all costs. But what does that say about those with whom we disagree or those we view as our adversaries or even our enemies? Spoiler alert: David didn’t get everything right. That said, he got this right. He honored Saul where he could. He honored his brother Jonathan. David modeled what Jesus calls us to do, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).

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