Hard Life Lessons

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 10:1-19

The account of the relationship between David and the Ammonites after the death of the king of Ammon is sad, yet filled with a number of beneficial life lessons. The first lesson I noticed is that there may be times when our efforts to extend kindness to another person won't always be received properly.

But the majority of the lessons, and where I chose to focus today, came from the example of Hanun and the snowball effect of his poor choices as a new and inexperienced leader.

Here are the lessons that stood out to me from this disastrous, unnecessary, deadly account:

  • Who we choose as friends and advisors is critical. Surrounding ourselves with wise, godly people is a must.
  • When we're unsure about a circumstance, and particularly someone's motivation, we need to do a little digging and assess the facts of the situation so we can respond properly.
  • Our response to others should never be demeaning or degrading.
  • It's better to admit we've made a mistake than get into a fight over our foolish and/or wrong actions.
  • Fear is powerful and can cloud and distort our judgment and thinking.

What lesson(s) did God impress on your heart from this account? What lesson stood out most prominently to you, and why? Tami

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Tami, you did a swell job in listing lesson we can learn in 2 Samuel 10!

I would have to say that verse.19 is what I hope that I would learn from others experience as not to repeat it!
" And when all the kings who were servants of Hadadezer saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they made peace with Israel and became subject to them. So the Syrians were afraid to save the Ammonites anymore."

That would be a great lesson to learn that is to repeat it!
We are known by the company we keep.

A lesson I got from this was be careful who you choos as a partner or a helper they might run from the commitment! We should be prayerful in choosing help!

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