“For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” – Luke 6:38
As He instructs the multitudes, Jesus reminded them about loving their enemies, not judging and condemning others and forgiveness. Regardless of how we are treated, Jesus teaches us to treat others better and how we want to be treated. That certainly puts us in a very humbling position and can be challenging to do when society tells us that we need to stand up for ourselves and look out for number one.
When Absalom, King David’s son, took the throne for himself, David and his men were on the run. They came to the city of Bahurim in the tribe of Benjamin. Politically speaking, this is where the pro-Saul supporters were, and they were still angry about the death of King Saul and blamed David for it. Shimei was undoubtedly one of these supporters.
As King David and his men entered the city, Shimei was on a hillside cussing at David and throwing rocks and dirt at him. Immediately David’s men wanted to kill Shimei, after all, he was breaking the law by cursing King David for Exodus 22:28 says, “You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people.” Can you imagine how many people would be judged for this today?
While all this is happening, it is incredible to see King David’s response. “Let him alone,” David said, “and let him curse; for so the Lord has ordered him. It may be that the Lord will look on my affliction and that the Lord will repay me with good for his cursing this day.” Look at David’s attitude and submission to His Maker. David had said he would accept anything that God allowed in His life (see 15:26) and he followed through.
David did not counter-attack with his own cursing and accusations. He examined his own life as an adulterer and murderer who should pay for his own sins yet has been forgiven. Since he had been forgiven of much, why should he make Shimei pay for kicking a little dirt at him?
What “dirt” is being thrown at you today? Will you forgive?
“Brethren, shun this vice by renouncing the love of self. Judge it to be a small matter what men think or say of you, and care only for their treatment of your Lord.” – C.H. Spurgeon