Power of God’s Love

The Scriptures tell us, For He has delivered me from all my trouble, And my eye has looked with satisfaction upon my enemies.
In, 1 Samuel 23:26–29, God intervened to protect David from his enemies.
Saul went on one side of the mountain, and David and his men on the other side of the mountain; and David was hurrying to get away from Saul, for Saul and his men were surrounding David and his men to seize them. But a messenger came to Saul, saying, Hurry and come, for the Philistines have made a raid on the land.” So Saul returned from pursuing David and went to meet the Philistines; therefore they called that place the Rock of Escape. David went up from there and stayed in the strongholds of Engedi.
Suddenly, perhaps as soon as David said, “ I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O Lord; for it is good.”. (Psalm 54:6), the enemy turned tail for home, removing the threat of immediate danger. Furthermore, David said his eye could now look “upon my enemies” (54:7). This  phrase means, “with satisfaction” to bring clarity to this Hebrew idiom. David’s choice of words reflects a man without bitterness. He could look his enemies squarely in the eyes without malice or resentment. He had released them to God and God had dealt with them in His own sovereign, perfect way.
Let’s declare war on those longstanding habits we cultivate against others—negative feelings, un-forgiveness, resentment, competitiveness, grudges, jealousy, revenge, hatred, retaliation, gossip, criticism, and suspicion. Let’s leave this rugged, ugly, well-worn road forever! The only alternative route to take is love. The longer I live and the more time I spend with the Lord (and with others), the more I am driven back to the answer to most people’s problems: sincere, Spirit-empowered, undeserved love. It’s called living by grace. Once Christ is in full focus, it’s amazing how powerful love can be!

 

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