Contributed by Doug Johnston on Jan 2, 2002
David discovered that sometimes personal offenses are best forgiven, not paid back by holding grudges, getting angry, or giving paybacks.
When David met Shemei the first time (2 Samuel 16:5-8), Shemei:
+Kicked him when he was down.
+Threw rocks at him,
+Yelled at him,
+Said God was judging the King,
+Probably reminded David who Shemei’s dad was
The second time they met (2 Samuel 19:22-23),
1. David kept his focus on God