Yesterday, we saw the death of Absalom and today we read about David’s reaction in regard to the death of his son Absalom (We forget that this man who conspires against David is his son). We would expect David to be jubilant because Absalom had stood against him, conspired to take his throne and kill him. David and his men had been at war with Absalom and his armies and this was the victory they had longed for.
But, we read that David wept for his son and mourned the death of his enemy.
David’s heart is soft and there is no bitterness – despite everything he loved his son even though he was his enemy. Such love comes from Christ.
It is easy to love those that stand with you but not so easy to love those that stand against you. One of our Acts of Devotion is love people as Christ loves us – to love our enemies.
Matthew 5 v 43 – 48
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”