Grace and peace be unto you.
The story is told that Shimei cursed David while he was running from his son, Absalom. After David’s army defeated Absaloms,’ David was returning to Jerusalem and Shimei met him, bowed before him, and apologized. Abishai, David’s nephew suggested that Shimei be killed, but David rejected the idea and promised Shimei that he would not die. Nonetheless, many years later when David was close to death, he advised Solomon his successor, not to consider Shimei innocent and to bring his gray head down to the grave in blood (2 Samuel 16:5-13; 2 Samuel 19:16-23; 1 Kings 2:8-9).
After Shimei apologized, he thought David had forgiven him, little did he know that the truth was more frightening. How many believers have verbalized that they have forgiven you for offending them? How many of them have influenced or are influencing others to harm you? This thought is alarming, just imagine, believing that you are on good terms with believers and they see you as their enemy. For this reason, God is asking you to trust him with your life. He is your refuge and strength (Psalm 46:1). He protects you from the evil you know and also the ones of which you are unaware.
Conversely, how often have we claimed to forgive others while inciting violence against them? God sees everything. He understands the cycle of violence and retaliation, thus, he encourages us to forgive others, and leave vengeance to him (Romans 12:19). Moreover, he said that he will not forgive us if we do not forgive others (Matthew 6:15). Harboring unforgiveness is therefore not worth it. God’s vengeance is perfect because it will have his desired effect.
God is good and his love endures forever. He teaches us to look at offences from his perspective (Romans 8:28). He removes our humiliation, heals our pains, and gives us many blessings that overshadow the offences. God helps us to embrace a forgiving spirit so that our intentions and spoken words become one. When we ascend to this sacred place, our truth is not frightening.
Heavenly Father, thanks for reminding us of the need for your protection. Help us to forgive everyone who offends us. In Jesus’ name, amen.