Can You forgive and Mourn for Even Your Enemies?

King Saul, Israel’s first king, and his three sons were killed in battle against the Philistines, dying on the slopes of Mount Gilboa (1 Samuel 31:1-8). It was the sad ending of a tragic life, concluding the story of a man who came to the throne humble but left it hardened, bitter against both God and man.

The book of 2 Samuel recounts King David’s anointing and reign over Israel and his battles to establish Israel as the dominant power in Syria and Palestine. David expanded Israel’s borders from King Saul’s smaller territory.

There is more written in the Scriptures about David than about any other Bible character except Jesus Christ. David was great because he had such deep faith in God (2 Samuel 22:1- 4, 32-37, 47-51).

2 Samuel 1:11, 12, 17: David Mourned

Out of jealousy, hatred, spite, and ungodliness, Saul took away David’s family, home, career, security, and the best years of David’s life. Yet David mourned, wept and fasted when he learned of Saul’s death.

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In conclusion, consider the Daily Bread email message sent on 7/3/2024 which says

DB 2 Samuel 1:17

2 Samuel 1:17 – Then David chanted with this lament over Saul and Jonathan his son (NASB)
King Saul (Israels’ first king) died on the Mountains of Gilboa. Through Saul’s fate, God revealed that He will allow you to reap what you sow. Although Saul had ruined 20 years of David’s life, David forgave Saul and mourned his death. From David’s example, God reveals that He wants you to forgive and mourn for even your enemies.
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