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You may have heard it said that Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s a relationship. There is one simple truth about relationships—they can exist only when both parties participate. Today’s reading illustrates this concept beautifully. After reading the Samuel passage, it is important to note that David wrote Psalm 34 as...

Lord, for those times I trust in my own abilities and talents, help me to see the ways you intervene and provide. You are always worthy of my praise! Amen.


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Lectionary Week
August 2–8, 2021
Scripture Overview

David’s family was a mess. Among his children there was rape, murder, and a plot to overthrow him by his son Absalom. Violence followed, and Second Samuel tells the story of Absalom’s death. Even though Absalom had betrayed him, David still loved his son with a parent’s never-ending love—the kind of love that God demonstrates perfectly for us, as David celebrates in Psalm 34. The author of Ephesians warns against acting out of anger, wrath, and malice (the very things that tore apart David’s family). We should instead forgive, as God in Christ has forgiven us. In John, Jesus restates that he is the path to God because he teaches God’s truth. Jesus will give his own life, then raise up those who believe in him.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33. What helps you to “deal gently” with others? What makes it challenging at times?
Read Psalm 34:1-8. When have you been able to “taste and see” God’s goodness?
Read Ephesians 4:25–5:2. How do your words and actions reflect what you profess to believe about Christ?
Read John 6:35, 41-51. God comes to us in unexpected ways. Is there someone you have overlooked or dismissed as a servant of God? How can you work to see people as God sees them?

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