KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 25:13 ” And David said unto his men, Gird ye on every man his sword. And they girded on every man his sword; and David also girded on his sword: and there went up after David about four hundred men; and two hundred abode by the stuff“.
David sent some of his men to Nabal to give him and his men some of the goods he was sharing.
Nabal blatantly refused. David become furious and gathered his men to attack Nabal. David at this occasion did not make any enquires from the Lord, whether to go or not.
Anger has a way of overshadowing our judgements such that we may easily throw away certain laid down principles that we normally function with. The Bible says be angry but sin not, let not the sun go down over your anger (Ephesians 4:26). In our moments of anger, we have to be obedient to the instructions concerning anger. It says, although you can be angry, don’t act instantly out of anger. That would definitely lead to sin. Secondly don’t allow your anger to stay in your heart over a long time. That would give place to a demon to take over your life. (Ephesians 4:27). These are simple instructions concerning anger yet many people fall short and ultimately regret for various unfortunate actions they undertake.
Please listen to what Abigail said to David “Now therefore my Lord, as the Lord lives, and as thy soul lives seeing the LORD HAS WITHHELD YOU FROM COMING TO SHED BLOOD and from avenging thyself with thine own hand, now let thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my Lord, be as Nabal”. Sister Abigail reminded David that it is the Lord who has prevented him from shedding blood and avenging himself with his hand. God did not want him to go that way, and if he had enquired earlier the Lord would have asked him not to go.
After the wise sayings of Abigail which were prophetic and inspired David remarked….” Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which sent you this day to meet me and blessed be your advice, and blessed are you, which has kept me this day 1from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand. (1st Samuel 25:32-33)
Another lesson that we have to carry along is that in our moments of anger, we must be ready to listen to other pleas that come to us. Whenever you are feeling angry, and you are ready to take any action to satisfy your ego, please give ear to any other, pleas that another party or even the one who has offended you make.
As much as you can stay free from avenging with your own hands, do so.
In the name of Jesus, I do not yield to any negative emotions of anger and its subsequent misbehaviors. My emotions are always under my control through the grace of God.
James 1:19-20. ” Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God”.
Colossians 3:15 ” And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.