This sermon is part of the sermon series "Dealing with the Difficult Person". See series.
We are taking four Sundays to consider the subject of loyalty and what it takes to keep faith in a broken world. Our particular emphasis in this series has been learning how to deal with the difficult person who causes pain in your life. Each week, we take another step in building our case from Scripture. Nonetheless, we are able to view all of our themes in one specific story in the Scriptures—the story of Saul and David. But before we return to that story, let's summarize what we have learned.
First, we've learned that a loyal person understands providence. In other words, nothing in your life happens by accident if you're a Christian. Your life is held in the loving hand of God, and he works in all things for the ultimate good, which is not that you'll have a pain-free life, but that the character of Jesus will be reproduced in you to the eternal glory of God.
David, of all people, understood this to be true. We have seen that Saul made David's life absolutely miserable for 15 years. But God used even this to shape David into a man of God and the great king that he was.
Second, we learned that a loyal person speaks the truth. Loyalty, in other words, does not mean being a kind of doormat. Loyalty cares enough to confront, speaking the truth in love.
We saw from the Scriptures how Samuel confronted Saul after Saul had disobeyed a direct commandment of God. He named Saul's sin, he showed the significance and the scale of it, and he announced its consequences.
Some of us may also have a Saul in our lives. It may be at home. It may be at work. But there is a person—or perhaps even people—who have brought great pain into your life. You need to know how to deal with them.
Today we're going to take a ...
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