“You have just now told me about the good you did to me; the Lord delivered me into your hands, but you did not kill me. When a man finds his enemy, does he let him get away unharmed? May the Lord reward you well for the way you treated me today.”

– 1 Samuel 24:18,19

There is an awareness in life that we are precious to God, but so is our neighbor. God wants us to develop a heart that cherishes people. Yes, there are toxic people who are evil and horrible no matter how much you forgive or love them. We are not told by God to let go of our boundaries or invite evil people in all the time. The act of forgiving doesn’t mean you don’t care what happened or pretend that what they did to you didn’t bother or harm you. 

If we forgive others, we may not let them back in, but we do forgive their debt! By letting go, you give up the desire for that person to be harmed or to get back at them. During the reign of King Saul, David rose to become a future king of Israel. Saul became jealous as God used David more and more. When David cut off a slither of Saul’s robe in the Desert of En Gedi, his love for his anointed hero prevented him from killing him.

Friend, consider how David forgave his enemy. He showed how to exercise great honor and humility before the Lord by not taking vengeance into his own hands. Since he had already been chosen as Israel’s king, he had every right to kill Saul. Even then, he forgave the man who came after him. I believe God honored David for that. Certainly, David was not perfect, but this is one of those wonderful stories from the Bible about the good fruit that comes from mercy, forgiveness, and love!


Father, give me the strength to forgive others’ debts.


Have mercy, forgiveness, and love produced good fruit in your life?

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