1 Samuel 18:11–16 (AMP) And Saul cast the javelin, for he thought, I will pin David to the wall. And David evaded him twice. 12 Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with him but had departed from Saul. 13 So Saul removed David from him and made him his commander over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people. 14 David acted wisely in all his ways and succeeded, and the Lord was with him. 15 When Saul saw how capable and successful David was, he stood in awe of him. 16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, for he went out and came in before them.

A. When people wrong you, God raises up others who will cherish you

B. If you only allow your world to revolve around those who mistreat you, you will never see the ones who think you are special

C. Don’t waste energy trying to prove your worth to people who mistreat you. Instead, focus your energy on people who see the good in you

D. People who value your presence will build you up for a season; but people who mistreat you can tear you down for a lifetime

E. Sometimes we overlook those who value us because they don’t possess the status or social class as those who mistreat us

F. It is better to be liked by the less fortunate than to be loved by a prince who mistreats you

G. When you surround yourself with people who love and respect you, you become shielded from the effects of those who mistreat you

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Dr. Bryant Bell