Love is Not Easily Angered

Let’s talk about David today.

David, Courtesy of Google
David, Courtesy of Google

A true rags-to riches story of a shepherd who became king. His life was as colorful as Joseph’s coat. He  had an action-packed  life–a temporary fugitive, his personal  and spiritual struggles, lust, murder. A real block buster!

He’s got the criteria a casting manager would look  for-youth, good looks, swagger, bravery, wisdom. He was a musician/singer, dancer and a poet. A compleat performer!  He was in fact a very good actor when he acted crazy in front of Abimelech!

David, Oh David!

His life had so many twists and turns.  But I would like to focus on just one specific trait of David-his kindness and love.

We are all aware that David was a very good friend to Jonathan. But let us also take a look at his relationship with his father-in-law, Saul.  Saul hired him in the beginning as his armor bearer and musician and fast forward to years later, Saul became jealous of  him and his hatred grew and he never stopped plotting David’s murder. Some father-in-law huh?

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What is it about David that’s endearing, and what is it about him that Saul despised? And how come David would not get mad at Saul and kill him when he had the opportunity?

David loved Saul, as much as he loved Jonathan.

He had so many opportunities to stop the craziness and Saul’s wicked plot, but one remarkable trait of David was his patience and love. Sure, Saul was a pain in the neck but David respected him, not only as his employer, king, father-in-law, but also because Saul was God’s anointed.  He was conscience-stricken just by cutting off a corner of Saul’s robe!

David cut off Saul's robe
David cut off Saul’s robe

The  constant harassment put  a strain on his friendship with Jonathan and his marriage to Michal, and yet David the true gentleman, chose not to harm Saul but instead he bowed down to Saul and prostrated himself with his face to the ground, he even promised not to harm nor kill Saul’s family. Who does that today?

11 See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. See that there is nothing in my hand to indicate that I am guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion. I have not wronged you, but you are hunting me down to take my life.

Is that not  a good example of love not easily angered?

Human nature is to retaliate when hurt.We redeem what we thought was lost particularly if it’s someone’s  face and ego.  “Why should I spare Saul?  he made my life miserable!”  we would have thought that if we were David, but we are not him but we can definitely learn from him.

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Just watch the ID channel and you will never run out of  people professing love, but resorted to killing because they were angry.

Road rage, marriage, friends, co-workers, siblings, even at Church. It’s  just irreconcilable how one can profess love and have a very short fuse waiting to explode. It doesn’t make sense.

Love is not a feeling, it is not an emotion. It is action. Love pushes us to do better and act better. When someone says “the love is gone”, what that person is actually saying is “I am no longer willing to go on because it’s too much work. I’ll cop-out then bail out.”

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It is my sincere hope that whoever is reading this will find it refreshing and encouraging. If anything is not worth something, then it’s nothing. It’s the same with love. It is too much work I know, but your paycheck is all gonna be worth it.

*all pictures courtesy of Google.

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