The real test of patience is how we handle disagreeable people under unfavorable circumstances. Doing wrong is never justified regardless of political or financial gain. And a wise man’s advice spoken with the right words at the right time to the right person can have a powerful impact.
God will only forget a sin which has been repented of and forgiven. He sees injustice and He will not let it go unpunished whether in this life or in the Day of Judgment. Time does not undo a wrong or disavow a promise. Zeal without knowledge is not helpful. And children may suffer the consequences of parents’ sins but …
God is pleased with those of His children who have clean hands. The rulers of humanity must be willing to be ruled by God. And we need to serve God to the fullness of our abilities even if our time or our talents seem small.
David is the focal character of the book of 2 Samuel. King Saul’s death is recorded at the end of 1 Samuel and David was his successor to the throne. Saul persecuted David but David respected him as God’s anointed. When the Amalekite man took credit for killing Saul David put him to death.
Organization is essential to success. We need to protect both the reputation and the health of our leaders. Leaders may gain wisdom from their followers. But an inconsistent leader is soon found out and he will not be trusted by his own people. The things we prize most may bring about our downfall and no price should be great enough …
We need to support our friends through the dark times in their lives. We need to be considerate of others even when our own circumstances are difficult. We must not lose hope even when our lives seem to be falling apart. And we must never let our ambition cause us to betray our friends.
We need to take care of the special treasures God has granted us. Whatever we do we need to do it to the full extent of our abilities. We may “dance” in the sense of jumping up or running around in excitement but it is sinful for us to dance in any manner that could stir up lust. And spouses …
Humility is essential an essential trait for all of God’s servants. We need to be more devoted to building up God’s house than our own. And we shouldn’t let anyone weaken our spiritual enthusiasm – not even a family member.
We need to seek God’s instructions every day. We must never become discouraged no matter how difficult our circumstances may seem. And we need to obey God’s commands exactly as He gave them regardless of our feelings. Disobedience is not excused by good intentions.
What one generation gains the next one can lose. A good name must be earned not demanded. Social status should have no bearing on our love or respect for other people. We should never seek worldly status at the expense of our spiritual health. And we need to repay kindness whenever possible.