21 David came to the two hundred men who were so exhausted that they could not follow him and had been left at the brook Besor with the provisions. They went out to meet David and the people with him, and when he approached the people, he greeted them.
22 Then all the wicked and worthless men among those who went with David said, “Because they did not go with us, we will give them none of the spoil that we have recovered, except that each man may take his wife and children away and leave.”
23 David said, “You must not do so, my brothers, with what the Lord has given us. He has kept us safe and has handed over to us the band of Amalekites that came against us.
24 And who will listen to you regarding this matter? For as is the share of him who goes down into the battle, so shall his share be who stays by the provisions and supplies; they shall share alike.”
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From today’s reading, we see how David refused to pay evil with evil. He forgave and distributed the spoils equally to everyone.
Don’t forget that these men had wanted to stone him earlier for an offense he did not commit. He encouraged himself in the LORD, mustered the strength to chase the enemy. The men did not join him in the chase. But when God gave him victory, he still thought to share the spoils with them.
That’s the key to consistently winning with God:
“You must forgive offenses, as quickly as possible, and move on, to fully stay in the will and blessings of God.”
The Bible says: “Whenever you stand to pray, forgive if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.” (Mark 11:25-26 NASB)
Yes … Forgiveness is hard.
Many times it won’t be easy to practice forgiveness especially when we begin to consider the scale of the offenses that took place. It’s not easy to give love where you were given hate.
However, if we’re going to stay in the will of God, and manifest His blessings for our lives, we must embrace forgiveness. From time to time, we must come before God and apply ourselves to forgiveness. We must prayerfully forgive all offenses and let God take control.
In fact, we need to learn to forgive in advance. By that I mean we need to choose to forgive offenses even before they are committed against us.
When we chose to walk in forgiveness this way, we are simply accepting the fallibility of people and not trusting too much. We are giving room never to allow people’s negative interpretations and reactions towards us to choke the love of God in our lives. We’re telling ourselves, say, “Hey, come what may, there’s no room for anger, bitterness, depression, and other negative feelings in my life this year.”
“Unforgiveness does more harm to us than the offenders. It is like serving a prison term for the offense of someone else. That’s why I encourage people to practice advance forgiveness.”
As the year progresses, mistakes will be made, and offenses will come. But resolving to move on ahead of time will energize you to overcome the urge to fight back when these attacks come.
We must look back, and forgive all offenses that are ringing in our minds and genuinely hand everything over to God; and then make up our minds to walk in forgiveness this year, no matter what.
Three Levels of Forgiveness
- The forgiveness God gives to us (1 John 1:9; Luke 7:47).
- The forgiveness we give to ourselves (Phil.3:13-14).
- The forgiveness we give to others (Luke 17:3-4).
These three levels of forgiveness are essential in our lives. We must understand God’s gift of forgiveness to us, through the blood of Jesus Christ. But we must also learn to forgive ourselves – forgetting what is behind, looking away from our failures, mistakes and poor choices of the past – which simply means receiving God’s gift of forgiveness and agreeing with it.
Having accepted God’s gift of forgiveness, we are obliged to forgive others as well. If we refuse to forgive others, then unforgiveness will block the daily expression of God’s mercy in our lives and block our access to His blessings.
“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14-15).
Prayer to Walk in Forgiveness
- Heavenly Father, I honor and bless You this day and forever.
With all my soul and all that is within me, I bless Your holy Name. It is You, Father, who crowns me with love and tender mercies and You fill my life with good things.
I give thanks to You and proclaim your greatness.
Lord, I will let the whole world know what You have done. I will sing to You the praises due Your Name and tell everyone about Your wonderful deeds.
Thank You, Father, for loving me, forgiving me and saving me. Thank You for being patient with me. Your compassion towards me is unfailing and Your mercies are new every morning. Lord, Your faithfulness is great towards me.
Receive my praise forever and ever, in Jesus name
- O LORD, please forgive me for not being forgiving.
Forgive me for thinking evil thoughts, and seeking revenge against people who have offended me.
Forgive me for bearing grudges, and for not walking in love completely.
Forgive me for gossiping, lying and for rehearsing in my minds what was said or done to me.
Lord, remind me of those persons I need to forgive, and help me to forgive.
- Heavenly Father, I ask for forgiveness of all the damaging and hurtful words I have spoken about myself in the past.
I do not want to continue to abuse, deride and debase myself in such way again.
Renew my thoughts and help me to understand and appreciate that You have made me in Your image and likeness.
Empower my attitudes and habits henceforth, so that I use my tongue to speak faith, hope, love and favor upon my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray.
- Father, Your Word tells me that if I forgive those who have sinned against me, then You will forgive me. But, if I refuse to forgive others, You will not forgive me too.
Today I choose to forgive.
Father, I declare that I will be patient with people and forgive those who have offended me.
And I forgive ………………… for ……………………………., and I release them and let it go.
In Jesus name
- Holy Spirit, help all of me to forgive people who have hurt me.
Heal my emotions that have been injured and teach me how to love unconditionally.
Continue to extend Your love and mercy toward me. Please remind me daily to use Your power living on the inside of me which helps me in all things.
Help me to forget the past so that I can move forward to the future as I press toward the mark of my higher calling in Christ Jesus, in Jesus name.
- Holy Spirit, please empower me all through this year and beyond to walk in love, always forgiving and looking up to You in all things, in Jesus name.
- I command every root of anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness in my life to be destroyed this moment, in Jesus name.
- O LORD, I pray this day, restore to me whatever has been damaged in my life and family as a result of bitterness, anger, and unforgiveness in the past, in Jesus name.
- Heal me O LORD, and I shall be healed. Restore me O LORD, and I shall be restored. Empower me LORD, and I shall be empowered.
All round victory, restoration, and breakthrough is my portion this year, in Jesus name.