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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2011 04:06:51 -0700 (PDT)
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Straight to the Cross

Richard Mansel answers the question, "What Must I Do 
to Be Saved?" Learn for yourself or share it with 
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COLUMN: LIVING THE FAITH

Self-Inflicted Wounds
 by Richard Mansel, managing editor

We all have a bit of the victim in us. We may wonder
why the world is out to get us. For the most part,
though, we stifle these urges and develop a more
realistic view of life.

Sadly, these attacks from others are a regretful part
of life that will always be with us. The best we can do
is to eliminate the self-inflicted wounds and deal with
the rest.

David is a good example of a man who created a
situation and then got angry that it existed. David was
a great, charismatic leader and men came to him like
ships to a lighthouse. In 1 Samuel 22, David goes to
Abdulllam and men come to him, looking for a leader.

   "And everyone who was in distress, everyone
   who was in debt, and everyone who was
   discontented gathered to him. Therefore, he
   became captain over them. And there were
   about four hundred men with him" (1 Samuel
   22:2, NKJV).

As the story progressed, David built up an army of 600
mighty men (1 Samuel 23:13). These men of valor were so
committed to David, that they would do anything to
protect him. They were ferocious warriors, as a result.

In 2 Samuel 23, we find an account of some of the
fearless men under David's command. We read about
Josheb-Baashebeth, who killed 800 men at one time.
Eleazer stood alongside David and fought off the
Philistine army. Likewise, Shammah stood in a field and
held off enemy forces.

These mighty men went beyond their fear to maintain
their commitment to David. Nothing could dissuade them
from their responsibilities as men of war.

This came into play when David commited adultery with
Bathsheba and she became pregnant. He tried to cover up
his sin by calling her husband in from the battlefield,
so he would sleep with her. However, Uriah the Hittite
refused to comply and David became frustrated as he
tried to have Uriah killed. Eventually, he succeeded (2
Samuel 11:14-17).

Curiously, David's frustration was of his own hand.
Uriah the Hittite was one of David's mighty men of
valor (1 Chronicles 1:10,26,41). The reason David could
not get Uriah to betray his commitment to the mission
was because David trained him that way.

David was a great man of God, imbued with strength and
weaknesses. Both took the stage at various times
through his life. Uriah was there for both of them.
David's self-inflicted wound brought trouble on his
life and house for years to come (2 Samuel 12).

Sadly, these things usually happen that way in our
lives. We need to eliminate as many of these self-
inflicted wounds as we can for our own and our family's
good. Or, generations may suffer from our selfish
deeds. 

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