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David’s Example, Part 4 – Uncommon Love

Key Verse

“And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the LORD, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword.” 2 Samuel 1:12

Text — 2 Samuel 1:5-16


David helped Israel to defeat the champion of the Philistines called Goliath of Gath. This happened at a time when there was no body in Israel willing to risk his life to face Goliath in a battle, not even king Saul. David stepped out and confronted Goliath with faith in the living God. He overcame Goliath and delivered the nation of Israel from bondage. Instead of being appreciated and regarded, king Saul hated David and persecuted him. He made David to run out of town and to face so many dangers. But God protected and kept David and the people that followed him.

In our Bible passage, news came that king Saul (the enemy of David) and Jonathan were dead. What do you expect David to do? Celebrate? Dance? Rejoice? No. David did not do any of these. Instead, David tore his clothes, mourned and fasted with all the people that were with him. He expressed great sorrow, despite king Saul’s wicked acts towards him. Do you wish a boy or girl that offended you death or any bad thing to happen to him or her? this is not the mind of a true Christian. David did not rejoice when bad things happened to somebody who hated him. Do not hate or repay evil for evil. Let the love of Christ be in your heart always.

Further Reading

 Proverbs 25:21,22

Prayer for today

Oh Lord, give me the mind of Christ to love everyone with the love of God.

Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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