“But the princes of the Ammonites said to Hanun their lord, Do you think that it is because David honors your father that he has sent comforters to you? Has he not rather sent his servants to you to search the city, spy it out, and overthrow it?” (2 Samuel 10.3 AMP).
God’s promise to David had come to pass: He was now the King of Israel! David was so overwhelmed with joy that he had finally reached his Promise Land that he decided to bless certain people and their families who had helped him along the way. One man David wanted to show kindness to was Hanun, the son of Nahash, the Ammon King who had recently died. David sent his servants to Hanun to give his condolences for his father’s death, but Hanun and his princes falsely accused David of having ulterior motives. Although David’s intentions were pure and right; these men’s words and actions asserted that David was a heartless man who lied, deceived and cheated. David’s gift of friendship was thrown back at his face, and his peace offering was twisted into something ugly. There are some people who–no matter what you do or say–will always see you in a negative light. You can offer them everything that is good within you, and they will take it, twist it and throw it back at your face. Sometimes we are tempted to change or prove ourselves, but this will only leave us feeling disappointed, insecure and bitter. However, if we concentrate on how God sees us and place our self-worth on His estimation of who we are in Christ, we will be better able to rise above the pettiness and forgive as Jesus forgives. Our feelings won’t be affected by other people’s negative opinions of us because we are so consumed by how much God loves and values us.
“The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3.17 NKJV).