(David Deffenbaugh, former preacher for the 26th and Connecticut congregation,
is currently the preaching minister Paragould, Arkansas.
This short devotional is from his daily Bible reading website, i read the word)
(Article Used with Permission)
That person that cut you off in traffic; what do they deserve from you? Anger? Hateful words? Crude gestures?
The one who has spoken unkindly about you or to you; what do they deserve from you? Or what about the one who uses their authority to their advantage and at your expense? Or how about the spiteful one who just seems to take pleasure in your misery?
What do these people deserve from you? Not from God, or from some other authority, but from you?
That’s really not the right way to look at any of this is it?
David teaches us a great lesson in his response to King Saul. David had the opportunity to kill Saul, the man who relentlessly pursued David to kill him, when David had done no wrong.
David didn’t think in terms of what Saul deserved from him. Instead, he said, “Behold, as your life was precious this day in my sight [David could have killed him but he didn't], so may my life be precious [now watch this] in the sight of the Lord, and may he deliver me out of all tribulation” (1 Sam. 26:24).
David knew what we are supposed to know as followers of Jesus, God treats us the way we treat others. So, God blesses the merciful with mercy and forgivers with forgiveness and the compassionate with compassion (Matt. 5:7; 6:14-15; 18:33-35).
It is not a question of what do these people deserve from me, but rather how do I want to be treated by God?
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