“Loving the Bad Boy to Death”

If you have ever felt unworthy, undesirable, socially blacklisted and spiritually condemned because of your unkind actions, countless immoral practices, wicked behavior, and criminal activity. I would like to assure you, there is someone who loves you and really concerned about your well-being.

Absalom was a Prince, the son of King David. When you read his story it is easy to tell that he had many issues in his personal life. One of the first things you can tell when reading his story is that Absalom was a traitor, he betrayed his father. Absalom would stand by the gate, as people were coming to the palace to see his father, the King, he misrepresented the King and tried to derail the loyalty of the people to himself (II Samuel 15:1-6). On one occasion, when his father was out of town, he pitched a tent on the Royal Palace roof and slept with his father’s wives as the people of Israel watched (II Samuel 16:22).

As if that was not enough, Absalom managed to steal the loyalty of many leaders and people, he put an army together, thousands of soldiers, with one objective, to defeat and kill his father, King David; he wanted to take the Kingdom away from his father by murdering him (II Samuel 17:1-14). Absalom, was not only a traitor, he was selfish, immoral, wicked, criminal, and a premeditated murderer. Absalom was the lowest of the lowest.

As I was reading Joanne’s Devotional Blog, about Absalom yesterday, a thought came to my mind. The story of Absalom, though it has a horrible ending, is one of the biggest love stories ever. Why? Because King David, Absalom’s father, loved his bad boy son through the betrayal, insults, and assassination attempts. As David’s loyal men got ready to defend the kingdom from Absalom’s troops, David gave only one command:

“And the king gave this command to Joab, Abishai, and Ittai: “For my sake, deal gently with young Absalom…” (II Samuel 18: 5)

David was more concerned for his bad boy, than he was for his kingdom. Absalom had hurt him much, yet there was nothing David wanted more than to embrace his son again, forgive him and save him. David loved his son more than anything, despite Absalom’s selfishness, immorality, wickedness, and premeditated murder plans.

The reunion between father and son never happened, Absalom died during the battle. David was the King, He could have killed Absalom but he never intended to, the thought never went through his mind because David loved him. What killed Absalom was Absalom himself, his actions led him to his own death. With Absalom’s death, peace was reestablished in the nation, the country, the people, the palace and just about everyone was better off. But there was someone who was very hurt and sad way beyond tears, it was the father, the King, David. He cried because he loved his son Absalom, he longed to see him and hug him again. David would have really wanted to forgive him and save him.

Have you felt like an Absalom before? Do you feel like an Absalom today? Do you know someone who is going through an Absalom moment? I got good news, you are loved and valued big time, you don’t have to end up like Absalom:

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

There is someone who loves me, you, and all Absaloms of this world. He is really concerned about your well-being, even when you are at your worst. God loves bad boys and bad girls, even those who have gone beyond redemption by church standards and society standards. God loves you more than David loved Absalom, that’s how much God loves you.

Can you imagine what would’ve happened if Absalom would had given up his fight, returned to his father David, and asked for forgiveness? You don’t have to imagine it, you can experience it today. Give up the fight, cancel your wicked plans, and take a moment to talk to God. You don’t have to die away from the King, He has cried enough for you already. He wants you to live long and inherit His Kingdom.

Prayer: Dear God, my King, thanks for your awesome love for me. Please, help me find my way back to you. I really don’t want to end up like Absalom, I don’t want you to suffer like David did because of me. Thanks for your forgiveness, your grace, and your mercy. I love you too, AMEN.

Jose