The view beyond division

When one is delving into the Bible, it’s inspiring to read of the healings and wisdom that attended the spiritual lives of those it highlights. But something else stands out about those living such spiritual lives—how gracious they could remain under trying circumstances.

Take King David, for instance. When I first read the story of this shepherd boy’s rise to become ruler of Israel and Judah, I was moved by how he responded under duress. He refused to take the life of King Saul, who was pursuing him to kill him (see I Samuel 24:1–7); backed out of a plan to take revenge on a man whose actions had enraged him (see I Samuel 25:1–35); and bestowed on the defeated Saul’s grandson the honor of eating daily at the king’s table (see II Samuel 9:1–13). 

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