(after hearing the news that Saul and Jonathan were killed and Israel defeated) David and all the men (still living in Philistine) . mourned and wept and fasted .for Saul and Jonathan his son, for the people of the Lord and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. 1 Samuel 1:11,12

.let us be exceedingly mindful that bearing one another's burdens and sharing one another's suffering is integral to being members of Christ's body. Frank Griswold

(may we be ever aware to pray and mourn for the suffering church worldwide no matter what our differences)

Then David lamented with this (very positive elegy song) over Saul (who had so unfairly treated him).. 2 Samuel 1:17,18

When there is no possibility for an ongoing relationship, (one way) forgiveness . can free us from bitterness and the desire for revenge. This is especially helpful when the one who has wronged us is unreachable. The Voice of the Lord” Lewis and Harriet Lederer Foundation, Inc. Messianic Jewish Publishers

I am (grieved) for you, my brother (in-law) Jonathan; You have been very pleasant to me; Your love to me was wonderful, Surpassing the love of women. 2 Samuel 1:26

Rare as is true love, true friendship is still rarer. Francois, duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613–1680)

(David, led by God to return,) was anointed king over Judah . Only the house of Judah followed David (even though David reached out to the other tribes and had been anointed by Samuel to be king over all Israel) 2 Samuel 2:1-10

God’s plan, like lilies pure and white, unfold. We must not tear the close-shut leaves apart. Time will reveal the calyxes of gold. Mary Riley Smith (1842–1927)

“Abner (Israel’s military commander) said to Joab (David’s military commander), "Let the young men now arise and compete before us." And Joab said, "Let them arise." (leading to) fierce battle that day.” 2 Samuel 2:14-17

Don’t react, respond as unto the Lord. Brenda Folz, Christian teacher