Hooray for Abigail

May you be blessed for your good judgment.
                       —1 Samuel 25:33

Abigail was on a mission of damage control.

Nabal, her rich, surly husband had hurled insults at David. Justifiably furious, David and 400 of his soldiers strapped on their swords and stormed toward Carmel to kill the ungrateful lowlife and his bootlickers.

Abigail rushed to meet David. She begged him to abort his mission so he would “not have on his conscience the staggering burden of . . . having avenged himself” (1 Sm 25:31).

David said, “May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day” (1 Sm 25:33).

David’s anger was legitimate, but Abigail’s advice kept him from making a mistake he would have regretted.

You may have a legitimate beef—but listen to your internal Abigail: Don’t say or do anything you might later regret.

Damage done can’t be undone.

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