And when the Lord does for my lord according to all the good that He has spoken concerning you, and appoints you ruler over Israel, this will not cause grief or a troubled heart to my lord, both by having shed blood without cause and by my lord having avenged himself. When the Lord deals well with my lord, then remember your maidservant. – 1 Samuel 25:30-31
David was extremely angry when Abigail’s wealthy husband (Nabal) refused to feed David’s army. This anger was further inflamed by Nabal’s incendiary insinuations aimed at David’s rebellion and consequential poverty. The future king would have killed Nabal, if Abigail had not intervened. Her argument was persuasive and convincing, because she helped David to see that as God’s anointed, it would be beneath him (and an affront to the Lord’s blessing) to react unwisely.
On occasion, we will be offended. When it happens, temporarily remove yourself from the situation, seek wisdom from the Lord (in the Bible, prayer, and godly counsel from His people), and then consider a God-honoring response.
An emotional reaction is often more visible (and remembered) than the actual offense and you will always regret a fleshly reaction (no matter how justified).
To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee. – William H. Walton
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