“If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink…”– Proverbs 25:21
David is a man who certainly put these words into action. Given opportunities to kill Saul, the “bread and water” David gave his enemy was sparing Saul’s life. It was David’s men that tempted him into aggression. However, he was wise enough at this point to listen to the Spirit of God. He resisted and would not lay hands on the anointed of the Lord. A lesson he had learned when attempting to take the life of Nabal (1 Samuel 25). Repaying evil with good is difficult, even for the most patient of saints. This forbearance may not always win the hearts and minds of an enemy, but it will keep one walking in obedience to Christ.
The men that ran with David were certain that God had given Saul into their hands. Imagine their surprise when the tip of the spear was at the temple of Saul’s head, that their leader halted the thrust; A moment that would have seemingly ended the pursuit of their deaths. What appeared as a prompting of God was a test of the heart. Would David listen to the spirit of his men or the Spirit of God? To place any battle in the Lord’s hands is indeed as challenging as taking the lower seat at the table.
Attempting to play the Holy Spirit in another’s life is a dangerous position. You can become an offense to another Christian and “woe to him through whom they do come” (Luke 17:1)! It is true, Christians are all part of one body, the body of Christ. However, every member has a different role. Not all will be able to take up arms in the same manner as others, but they should never be counted with the heathen or discarded by the more elevated. The notion that some members of the body of Christ are less valuable or not needed is a lie from the enemy’s camp. We mustn’t warm our hands at this fire. If your view of any Christian is an enemy, provide the sustenance of Jesus, which is unity in love.
“But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you’; nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’ No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor…”– 1 Corinthians 12:20-23