Today's reading: 2 Samuel 13:1-22
When I read Scripture, I try to put myself in the shoes of the different characters in a story to help me better understand why they acted or responded in a particular manner. So the account of Amnon and Tamar is always a difficult one for me because it's such a tragic situation. Even so, we can learn many lessons from observing and living through terrible circumstances. And this particular account has quite a few lessons for us to take note of.
Lately I've been writing down lists of the things I notice as I read Scripture passages. Then I go back and spend some time considering each point. Here are some of the things that I noted from 2 Samuel 13:1-22:
- That it is dangerous to continue to dwell on something that is tempting us. The longer we contemplate a temptation, the more likely we are to give in to it.
- The people we choose to hang out with will influence our thinking.
- When we become fixated on us and attaining our wants and desires, sinful thinking and actions are likely to follow.
- Unchecked sin is progressive.
- Our sin always involves and hurts other people.
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