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Are You Approachable?

In reading through Samuel, I came across a phrase which stood out to me in the story of Nabal.  In 1 Samuel 25, he is the man from whom David requested food when he was shearing his sheep.  He gave a rough, rude answer and sent David’s men away empty.

When his servants were discussing the way he treated David’s men with Abigail, Nabal’s wife, they spoke this about Nabal:  “he is such a son of Belial that a man cannot speak to him.” (1 Sam 25:17)  This means that Nabal was so hardened and set in his ways that he would never listen to reason.  It was his way or the highway.

I found it interesting that one of the character traits of ungodliness is that people cannot approach you.  So, one of the traits of godliness must be that you are willing to listen to others, that you are approachable.  Maybe that’s one of the marks of humility?


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