1 Samuel 19:1-7
Now we know that Saul has not been happy with David, but his son, Jonathan, is David’s best friend. So when Saul decreed to all his servants that they should kill David if they got a chance, Jonathan warned David. Jonathan told David to go hide in a secure place and the next morning Jonathan would bring Saul to the field nearby and speak to him on David’s behalf. Now Jonathan is taking a risk here. Saul has been very unreasonable about David, so speaking well of David could get Jonathan in trouble. However Jonathan knows it is the right thing to do.
The next morning Jonathan and Saul meet in the field and Jonathan reminds Saul that David has never done anything against the king. He also reminds King Saul that David won great victories over the Philistines that delivered Saul’s people from their enemies. Jonathan asks his father why he would sin by shedding the blood of an innocent man, David.
Fortunately Saul was wise and listened to his son and promised that David would not be harmed. Jonathan went and told David and David returned to his old position in the palace, for now.
Not everyone is willing to listen when we point out what they are doing wrong. Sometimes they get angry or try to act like they really aren’t doing something bad. But God wants us to be open to correction. So if someone comes and tells you that you are doing wrong, before getting angry, stop and ask yourself if they are right. If they are right, try to understand that they are really showing you love by helping you be better. Try not to be angry, but thankful that they care about the person you are becoming!
Why do parents punish kids? (Take this opportunity to explain that punishment is meant to help them learn to be better, not just to be mean!!)