‘Do unto others’, not ‘do them first’ LUKE 6:27–38
Revenge is not of God. This is the simple statement that Jesus’ teaching powerfully bears out to us in today’s gospel reading. This was the same principle that lay in the heart of David when he called out to Saul across the great divide, “Today, the Lord put you in my power but I would not raise my hand against the Lord’s anointed.” What strength of character this young David possessed that he could utter such words to a man who had previously sought to kill him on numerous occasions!
Saul, his king and his mentor, consumed with envy, had lain asleep before him, bare, unguarded and totally at his mercy, and Abishai was ready, willing and able to wreak vengeance on the vulnerable Saul for all that he had done to his compatriot.