1 Samuel 26

1 Samuel 26:1-25

SUMMARYEmpty words

OVERVIEWDavid again spares Saul’s life. Saul recognizes he has sinned in pursuing David, yet his life does not change.

BIG IDEARepentance is more than feeling regret— it requires change.

KEY VERSE1 Samuel 26:21 (Saul to David)
Then Saul confessed, “I have sinned. Come back home, my son, and I will no longer try to harm you, for you valued my life today. I have been a fool and very, very wrong.”

I love it when you confess your sin. When you do, you agree that my way is the right way. It’s an act of humility and maturity. It reveals your heart is staying soft towards my will and my word. However, don’t let your words be your only response. True repentance is turning from your sin, not just saying you’re sorry for doing it. Turn from your sin and towards me. Ask me for help, and my Spirit will empower you.

Don’t beat yourself up if (or when) you fail. The enemy wants you to give up. The enemy wants you to harden your heart. Following me is a journey. I always invite you to walk with me, so if you fall, take my hand, and I’ll help you up. Ask for my help, and my Spirit will strengthen you. But you need strength for every step—not just the first one. Keep seeking me. Keep following me.

Take a minute or more of quiet reflection. Consider whether you are avoiding doing something you know you should do or not doing something you know you should. Let God speak with you and discuss it with a friend as well.


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