Read: 1 Samuel 25:14-33
When Nabal, a rich person, refused to lend David help, David and his 400 men went to kill him. He would have killed Nabal if he had not first met Abigail, Nabal’s wife. She had packed enough food and travelled out to meet David and his troops, hoping to avert the killing. She reminded David that guilt would haunt him if he went ahead with his vengeance (1 Sam. 25:31). David realised she was right and considered her advice good.
In fact, David’s anger was legitimate. He had protected Nabal’s shepherds in the wilderness (1 Sam. 25:14-17). Now he was repaid evil for good. But his anger was leading him to sin. Even though David knew murder was wrong, he was going to kill Nabal.
When we are offended, it is good to pause and consider how God wants us to respond. We may be inclined to retort verbally, isolate ourselves or find some way of escape. However, choosing to respond with grace will help us avoid sin, and it will please God. Prov. 16:7 rightly says, “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” When we endure offences in life, know that God will make things right in His way.