THE BETTER WAY

1 Thessalonians 5:15-16 Make sure nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try and be kind to each other and to everyone else. Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

The Scene: Without God man always chooses the worldly way. But with God, mankind has an opportunity at a better way.

Read 1 Samuel 26 ~~ David was divinely protected from Saul. David had his opportunity to kill Saul but chose to let God deal with Saul.

1 Samuel 26:10-11 “As surely as the Lord lives,” he said, “The Lord himself will strike him; either his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish. But the Lord forbid that I should lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed.”

David showed patience and self-control and trusted in the Lord to deal with Saul in His own way. David sought the better way.

1 Samuel 26:23-24The Lord rewards every man for his righteousness and faithfulness. The Lord delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed. As surely as I valued your life today, so may the Lord value my life and deliver me from all trouble.” **

At the end of this meeting Saul chose to bless David and they went their separate ways in peace.

Matthew 5:44” But I tell you love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.”

**NOTE: Saul desired to murder David, which is against the 8th Commandment of God. David was not at war with Saul. He chose the better way and God protected him, as God will protect His people from the evil one.

Copyright 2016 Larry and Kathy

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