Magnanimity of forgiveness

1 Samuel 26

King Saul was relentless in his pursuit of David out of jealousy. He was determined to kill David in spite of David not having done anything wrong. This is the danger of insecurity and lack of self-assuredness and what it can do to a person.

Everyone and everything becomes a possible threat. Some even ended up making irrational decisions that lead to an unending path of destruction and collapsed.

David had the chance to eliminate the threat to his very existence and for any person, that would logically be the right decision to take. After all, the world’s mantra is “you have got to think for yourself and defend yourself” But not David. Not even one of his closest generals could influence him to kill Saul.

Why not?

9 But David said to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless? 10 As surely as the Lord lives,” he said, “the Lord himself will strike him, or his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish. 11 But the Lord forbid that I should lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed. Now get the spear and water jug that are near his head, and let’s go.”

His authority in our lives

David says he could not lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed. It is not because of Saul himself that David could not lay hands on, but it is because David recognizes God as the one who had anointed Saul and hence he cannot be guilty of removing someone whom God Himself had chosen.

The Crown Tower at dawn, King's College, Old Aberdeen

Note that, David says the removal of Saul will be left to God Himself. David thus gave precedence to the authority of God. He would not be found violating His authority even when his life is at stake. He knows God is in control and will protect him from the very man who wanted him dead. Life and death are in God’s hands and hence he can entrust his into God’s hands.

A choice to make

David resists to take vengeance into his own hands and we should very well not to be one ourselves. An incident happened to my family recently and we were tempted to take matters into our own hands but we realized that God is in control. We pray that He will deal with the person who had hurt and wronged us. We chose to trust God as of how David have trusted God in all situations or circumstances.


I believe David was able to forgive Saul for wanting him dead. That’s why he was able to back away from taking revenge on Saul. He is magnanimous in his forgiveness.

Can we be so likewise?

Words by:


Calvin Lee

Senior Pastor Kajang Assembly of God

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