The Life of David - Part 5
1 Samuel 25
- Why is it that when someone wrongs us, we want to get even with him/her? Why, when we’re hurt by someone, do we want to get back at him/her? When someone does or says something mean or derogatory to us, why do we want to settle the score?
Can you think of and tell a story from your own life that illustrates this? Maybe a friend, or boss, or your “ex,” or a co-worker, or on the road, or…
- What did Jesus and Peter say about how we should respond when we’re offended or hurt by someone? Read Matthew 5: 38-45 and 1 Peter 3: 9.
- Now read 1 Samuel 25, starting in verse 2 through verse 39. Talk about the different characters in this story – David, Nabal, and Abigail. What were they like? What were they doing?
- Abigail is the hero here. How did she respond to David? Verses 18 – 30. What kind of example is she to us when we face someone who is hurt, angry, or resentful?
- What does Paul say about this issue in Romans 12: 17? How should we respond to someone who hurts or wrongs us? “Pay back evil with good, to be good with God.”
- Pray for each other to be filled with God’s love, so we respond in a way that honors God when we’re hurt.
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.