Last week we took a look at David and his refusal to harm Saul who was out for David's life. We're talking about loving those who hurt you. To read part one, go here.
Today we're going to take a look at the prophet Elisha. One of his jobs was to help the King of Israel by warning him, with words from the Lord, when Israel would soon be under attack. The King of Aram became frustrated when his efforts were thwarted by Elisha's revelations. So he sent an army to surround Elisha and kill him. Elisha, of course, had the God of the universe on his side and prayed for the blindness of the Aramean soldiers. He himself led the soldiers to Samaria, instead making them believe they had come the wrong way. When he prayed that God would open their eyes again leaving them vulnerable and confused of their whereabouts, the king of Israel shouted out:
"My father, should I kill them?"
"Of course not!" Elisha told him. "Do you kill prisoners of war? Give them food and drink and send them home again to their master" 2 Kings 21-22
Not only did he not harm the group of people whose very intention was to take his life, he FED THEM, CARED FOR THEM, and sent them home!!
I just don't know if I would have the same compassion. This filling of the holy spirit; this closeness with the things of God; this LOVE of those HE loves, seems nearly impossible. Can it be done???
I just feel today that if Elisha can spare an army of those who were out for his life, we too can be compassionate and loving of those who drive us nuts! This week as you go about your days, please pray that God will give you the heart and wisdom he gave to David and Elisha.