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Mercy Towards Our Enemies

John Collins05/07/2012
When Saul was pressing towards David with three thousand of his best men in 1 Samuel 24, David and his men were hiding in a cave.

Saul just happened to enter into the cave to relieve himself, not knowing that David and his men were watching.  David's men told David that the Lord had delivered his enemy right into his hands, and that David could now take any action he pleased.

David quietly sneaked towards Saul and cut off a corner of his robe.  "The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the Lord's anointed one.  David persuaded his men to also respect Saul and would not permit them to attack.  Saul arose and fled from the cave.

David also arose and called out to Saul.  He pleaded to Saul to understand that he could have killed him, but instead spared his life.  He said that "Out of the wicked comes wickedness, but my hand shall not be against you."

After David pleaded with Saul, Saul began weeping.  "You are more righteous than I, for you have repaid my evil with good.  He said that the Lord would reward David for the good that he had done to Saul.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  When people of this world have us driven to a corner, do we lash out like a caged tiger, or do we show our righteousness to them?  When we have the advantage, do we use it against them or show Divine Love towards them?  Do we show ourselves as wicked as they, or do we show them that we serve a Living God?  Do we convert our enemies to Christianity, or do we drive them further away?