David and Jesus' Mercy To Enemies

When Abner came with twenty men to David at Hebron, David made a feast for Abner and the men who were with him. And Abner said to David, “I will arise and go, and will gather all Israel to my lord the king, that they may make a covenant with you, and that you may reign over all that your heart desires.” So David sent Abner away; and he went in peace.
— 2 Sam. 3:20-21

We see that David was willing to forgive Abner, his former enemy's general. David reflects the mercy of Christ. God could have given us the law and left it at that, but instead of treating as we or Abner deserved, he gave us mercy in the gospel. Justice says we slay our enemies, mercy brings them in as they repent. Abner, like Joab is very loyal, to a fault, we might say, but he is a sinner in need of mercy and in the wrong place at the wrong time by the end of his life...and he is sort of a last minute penitent, if at all. We should turn to truth and light sooner than Abner did, and we should receive the mercy of Christ and extend that mercy to others.

In Prayer Today:

Go to Christ for mercy, so that your soul may be so at peace today, that you can even extend that grace to others today.