7. Seeking Peace: The Strength of a Gentle Heart

Scripture: 1 Samuel 25

David sent ten men to Nabal with the message that “We come at a happy time, so be kind to my young men. Please give anything you can find for them and for your son David” (25:8).

Nabal relied, “Who is David, and who is the son of Jesse?  There are many servants nowadays who break away each one from his master.  Shall I then take my bread and my water and my meat that I have killed for my shearers, and give it to men when I do not know where they are from?” (25:10-11).

Abigail placed herself between David and Nabal.  Jesus placed himself between God and us.  Abigail volunteered to be punished for Nabal’s sins.  Jesus allowed heaven to punish him for yours and mine.  Abigail turned away the anger of David.  Didn’t Christ shield us from God’s?

Abigail’s gentleness reversed a river of anger.  Apologies can disarm arguments.  The contagious power of kindness.  The strength of a gentle heart.  

Do you find your Nabal world hard to stomach?  Look more at the Mediator (Christ) and less at the troublemakers.  Also, be the beauty amidst your beasts and see what happens.

Reference:  Facing your giants:  God still does the impossible by Max Lucado

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