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Rejoice with others!

July 12, 2010

And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt.

--1 Samuel 18:4

Did you know that with every victory there is danger? As a matter of fact, it is possible to be defeated by our victories. It's absolutely true.

Our blessings can become a curse if we don't know how to handle them. Fortunately, 1 Samuel offers an amazing example of how you and I should handle our success.

The Scripture says that after David defeated Goliath, Saul, the king of Israel, made the young champion part of his household.

Now notice this. As Saul's son, Jonathan was destined to become king of Israel. But when David was made king, rather than being envious or jealous of David's newfound fame and power, Jonathan supported David and celebrated his victory!

Jonathan doesn't show a hint of jealousy or resentment. He surrenders himself to God's will and rejoices in the victory of David as if it is his own. 
Is this how you would have responded in this situation? I know it would be hard, but that's why this is an important lesson. We're not in this battle alone. We need to celebrate the victories of others, especially in the body of Christ. And as we do, God will continue to grant us victory.

Be willing to put yourself aside and rejoice in the victories we have together in Jesus Christ.


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