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2 Samuel 18:1-19:10

I am an observer of human behavior and I am always looking at patterns that cross cultural, ethnicities and “tribes.” One hundred percent, of the time, we grieve differently but the emotions, feelings and intent that fuels the grief is the same. Usually or grief is not about the physical death of the person, but of missed opportunities. When someone dies because of their own bad choices usually the deceased loved ones: mother, father, possibly siblings, aunts, and uncles, usually grieve inconsolably over missed opportunities to provide direction and correction and guidance. David grief was rooted in regret and guilt. Think about it. Our decisions, my decisions

I’m going to look at Joab and David from a different perspective than Mike.. As per scripture, our righteousness is not based on our behavior it is based on the righteousness of Jesus Christ. And our acceptance of that righteousness, Jesus Christ, is based on the condition of our heart, whether we accept what Jesus has done for us or not. For the Old Testament saints and ain’ts, it would be their acceptance of the One Who is To Come in the fullness of time. According to God, David had a “right” heart; however, Joab did not which we shall see in the readings to come. As per the commentary on the BibleOnRadio.Com for today’s reading, David was operating out of Love with no Justice toward Absalom, and Joab operated out of Justice with no Love. In my opinion, both were out of Balance.

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; mercy and loving-kindness and truth go before Your face. (Psalms 89:14 AMP

Grace and Peace,
Ramona

People have commented on the fact that John refers to himself in his writings as the one that Jesus loved as he did in John 20:2 today. "2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” Is John being egotistical? Maybe. Is John setting himself aside from all others that Jesus also loved? Maybe. Is John wrong in the way he betrays himself? No, I think not. Each of us needs to think of ourselves as "the one Jesus loves" because Jesus loves each of us in a special way, a way that makes us special in this world because of the love of Jesus. We often comment on what good Christians other people are and how they are filled with God's love but we need to thank the Lord that we too are good Christians and what makes us a good Christian is the Holy Spirit that lives within us. We are no better than other Christians, we are each flawed, we are each in need of daily repentance, but we are each special because we are the one that Jesus loves!

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