Who else would let his enemy get away when he had him in his power? [1Samuel 24:19 NLT]
Saul has been hunting David. His intention is to kill him. Then suddenly David has an opportunity to kill Saul. Instead of death he chooses life. The passage tells us that David’s conscience began bothering him. Who cannot relate to hearing that still small voice of conscience when we are tempted to act out of hate?
In truth, loving our enemies runs counterintuitive to how we are all wired. Doing good to them when they treat us badly just does not seem logical. It is why enemy love is an issue of the heart and not the head. When we live from a new and regenerated heart we seek to love, and reconcile with, our enemies.
Open our inner eyes Lord. Help us to see and love as you do. Teach us to love our enemies.
... this devotion is part of a series about King David.