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Love Them Anyway (2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15-31-33)

Rene' Lawson, August 12, 2018
Part of the Sunday Sermons series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Absalom is the troubled son of David. In this passage we find Absalom rebelling against his father to the point of even seeking his death. When David hears that Absalom will be in the fight against his people, David orders his military leaders to “deal gently . . . with the young man Absalom.” This doesn’t happen. Absalom is killed by David’s army. When word came to David about his son, he fell into a deep depression.
How many of us have had troubled relationships with kids that have rebelled against us? Neverthless, we love them anyway . . . as it should be. We must not forget that Jesus loved those who sought to betray him in the same way that Jesus loves us!

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2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15-31-33

5And the king commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for my sake with the young man, even with Absalom. And all the people heard when the king gave all the captains charge concerning Absalom. 6So the people went out into the field against Israel: and the battle was in the wood of Ephraim; 7Where the people of Israel were slain before the servants of David, and there was there a great slaughter that day of twenty thousand men. 8For the battle was there scattered over the face of all the country: and the wood devoured more people that day than the sword devoured. 9And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away. (KJV)

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