Text; 2 Samuel 14:25-33
Proverbs 16:25 :”There is a way that seems right onto a man but the end thereof is the way of death”.
Proverbs 16:2 “All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes but the lord weighs the spirit”
Proverbs 16:6 “in mercy and truth atonement is provided for iniquity and by the fear of the lord one departs from evil”
The Bible narrative this morning is so descriptive of our world today. It is a world where people call good evil and evil good. Forgiveness ought to be preceded by repentance and that is actually the demand of God. But today, in our society everybody, is right in his own eyes. This is the blindness that Satan works in the world which gives people false confidence and they continue in their sins refusing to accept correction and amend their evil ways. They have checked their own ways in their own mirror, in that of their peers and the society they live in and feel that what they are doing is normal after all, “everybody is doing it”. Even if their conscience is pricking them, they damn the conscience and continue with their evil ways.
Absalom killed his brother Amnon. His attitude here shows us that he has no iota of remorse over his action. To him he feels that he has done the right thing by revenging his sister’s disgrace. And he forgets that two wrongs never makes a right. In his hard heart, he set Joab’s farm on fire. This is the thank you Joab received for bringing him back. Incurable sinner that he is, no wonder it would be the same Joab who will eventually kill him even against the king’s orders.
If you have found yourself in this position where everyone is always wrong and you alone is right, then you need to check yourself again and again. You need to cry to God for deliverance because that is a stubborn spirit that will send you to hell. Many belivers in the church are in this category. They would not forgive a fellow brother or sister instead they quote bible to back up their evil ways .They are quick to point out others’ sin but will never accept correction when it is their turn. Such are self righteous. They are proud and believe that only them are doing right while others are sinners.
Let us desist from the spirit of Absalom. It is a proud, haughty and devilish spirit that kills. Instead in truth and humility accept your wrong doing. Seek for God’s mercy in repentance so that the way of atonement will open for you. Do not throw away the fear of the lord. Departing from evil is what the fear of God means. Train your conscience with the word of God by transforming it daily through God:s word. What is acceptable standard in the society may be at variance
with God’s word. May the spirit of the Lord sanctify you wholly and grant us the grace not to be stiff-necked but rather of repentant hearts in Jesus name. Amen.