Life can be very hard, while in this life. Trials can really be difficult upon us all. However, what is worse than all of this is when a loved one dies, especially when it is unexpected. This causes the people they knew and loved to mourn, for they were dear to their hearts and will be greatly missed. Even the hardest moments are when our father, mother, brother or sister, or best friend passes away. It is like a sword is piercing our hearts, because of what has just happened. Now, funerals are a very hard thing to bear, and the only thing that can bring us a glimmer of hope is if that person was saved, because of their faith in Christ. Then, do we know that they are in a better place now, where if this was not the case, it can make us grieve even more so. For we may have had the chance to witness the truths of Jesus and His salvation to them, but we didn’t act on it when we had the chance. This has happened to me and I deeply regret it, as I am sure you have as well. Now, when it came to David, he also lamented because of the loss of his once father in law, Saul, and his best friend, Jonathan. They were both killed in the war that took place with Israel and the Philistines. This grieved David deeply. And because this happened, the person that told him this news, he even acted out of anger and killed the messenger. He was upset that he carried out Saul’s wishes of ending his life after he had already fallen upon his own sword. This is what David said to the man, 1“how wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed? And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died.” (2 Samuel 1:14-15)
When people we love die by the hand of someone else, this can cause anyone to act out in anger. However, we are to control our anger by the hand of God and not cause harm to that person. Now, in the book of Psalm David repented of many things in his life, like this act of rage. Now, after this man, who told David the news had died, this is when David began to weep because of Saul and Jonathan. You can liken this to what we might say if we just got wind of a person we loved had suddenly died. He was thinking of all the best things in their lives. Not the bad, but all the good was brought up. This is a good example of how we should be thinking as well. It is too bad that it takes a person to pass on to the grave for people to start thinking this way, especially if it was a sibling that they had an issue with. Isn’t it better to just make amends with the person, while in this life? People do deserve to hear that they are forgiven. They also need to hear that we are sorry. This is also what God desires of all of His believers. We are to forgive every person their trespasses, or else God will not forgive ours. Jesus said, 2“for if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:14,15) If you are forgiving all people, while also telling others sorry, then your faith is alive in Christ. And you can be sure that when you repent of your sins and ask forgiveness, God will also forgive you. It is a better feeling we get inside when people pass on when we know that all the walls were mended in forgiveness. There are a lot fewer question marks at this point.
This is how David felt when Saul and Jonathan we now dead. It is written, 1“and David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son: (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.) The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen! Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph. Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil. From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty. Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions. Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel. How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places. I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women. How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!” (2 Samuel 1:17-27) These same feelings can be shared with everyone that has lost their loved ones because of war or any other conflict. So take this lesson and start forgiving others now, while there is still time.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that our hearts will be in the right place with You at all times. That we will not allow there to be any walls built up in our lives but allow You to tear them all down. And if it means that we ought to start showing more kindness towards others, put a spark inside of us, that we may do this. Every person in our lives deserves to hear that they are loved, that they are forgiven, that we are sorry for our actions, and how much we respect them because of all they do. Sure, it is fine to think of al the good things that people have done after a person dies, and this makes sense, but it makes more sense to start acting this way while that person still has breath. So Lord put inside of us a Spirit of forgiveness, kindness, compassion, longsuffering, gentleness, patience, and love. Shine down upon our lives Your light, that every person we encounter will have this same Spirit flow into their lives also. It is my desire that people will be touched by Your mighty hand each time that they have the opportunity to be around me. I don’t want it to ever be a hindrance upon people, but always a blessing. Just as You show us such love and respect that we don’t deserve, do I hope and pray that these same qualities will become a part of my everyday life and for all people that call themselves Christian. It is truly an honor to know You, Jesus. This is why I proclaim that I am Christian, for You are inside of me, guiding me by the hand. I am only strong because You have carried me forth in this life. I love You, Lord. Thank You for everything. All the praise and honor to Your Name, Jesus. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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