First Samuel 16-31 reads like an action-packed movie script with David keeping one step ahead of Saul’s jealous rage. Twice, David spared Saul’s life, once while the king relieved himself in a cave where David hid (24:1-22, 26:1-25). 


David faced a turning point. When David’s men tried to persuade him that the Lord had given his enemy into his hand, David “stealthily cut off a corner of Saul’s robe” (24:4). Afterward, conviction pricked his heart. He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the Lord’s anointed, to put my hand against him, seeing he is the Lord’s anointed” (24:6). 


The word of God had already trained David’s conscience well. Who or what is training your conscience?

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“Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Romans 8:28 MSG