2 Samuel 3:26-27 26 Joab then left David and sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from the well of Sirah. But David did not know it. 27 Now when Abner returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside into the gateway, as though to speak with him privately. And there, to avenge the blood of his brother Asahel, Joab stabbed him in the stomach, and he died.
What is up with these people?! They just keep killing each other like crazy. Is that really the best solution that they could come up with? Here we have Joab who is still pretty ticked off about his brother Asahel getting killed by Abner. Not to mention that Abner had told Asahel to stop following or he would kill him. So Joab gets all bent out of shape when Abner tries to make peace with David… and he kills him.
That’s the best response you could come up with Joab? After all this time you are still that messed up that you have to kill the guy? There was another option, you know. He could have forgiven. It’s not the easiest thing to do, but it’s the right thing to do. Here he was, living with that feeling inside him that he needed to get even. It kept him trapped, locked up, imprisoned. The only way to take care of that feeling was to act on it.
If only he knew the power of forgiveness. It takes that burden away and places it on the shoulders of our God, who can handle it. It gives us peace and restores order to our hearts. Forgiveness. It’s what Jesus died for. If you are trapped today by wrongs done to you and feelings of hate and anger, you have a choice to make. Will you kill that person in your heart or choose to forgive? I promise you that if you will choose forgiveness, you will find that you are the one who is truly set free.