SUMMARY: Civil war
OVERVIEW: After David is anointed King over Judah, Abner (the leader of Saul’s army) made one of Saul’s sons, King of Israel. Saul’s army and David’s army battle.
BIG IDEA: Seek unity instead of division.
KEY VERSE: 2 Samuel 2:26 (Abner, one of Saul’s men, to Joab, one of David’s)
Abner shouted down to Joab, “Must we always be killing each other? Don’t you realize that bitterness is the only result? When will you call off your men from chasing their Israelite brothers?”
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
There is too much anger in the world. However, the tension should not be surprising because Satan still has influence and freely moves about the earth. But something can be done, and you can be part of the solution. You don’t have to give in to the temptation to respond in anger or vengeance or jealousy. Be a person of peace. Allow my Spirit to control your words, thoughts, and actions. Living under the Spirit’s influence doesn’t mean you won’t be angry or have difficulty controlling your emotions, but you can be successful.
Focus on me. Look for me and listen for my direction. There are moments in conversations and disagreements when a word or comment can either ignite dissension or calm nerves. Hold your tongue until I lead you to speak. Speak words that bring unity and calm. Add healing and hope to all your conversations. A life like this will transform the world. This is the life I imagined for you. Live out my kingdom on earth.
Is there someone who easily angers you? Pray for God’s blessing on that person’s life. Ask for God to give you a desire to build or restore a relationship with that person. Be ready and willing to follow God as he leads.