4.03.2009

a life well lived


Below is the account of the end of the prophet Samuel's life. What a picture of integrity! It amazing that he would be able to stand before his people and seek to make restitution with anybody he has wronged before he dies, but that his life was so well lived that nobody can make an accusation. Oh, that we would all be able to do this!

Samuel said to all Israel, “I have listened to everything you said to me and have set a king over you. Now you have a king as your leader. As for me, I am old and gray, and my sons are here with you. I have been your leader from my youth until this day. Here I stand. Testify against me in the presence of the LORD and his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Whose donkey have I taken? Whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed? From whose hand have I accepted a bribe to make me shut my eyes? If I have done any of these, I will make it right.” “You have not cheated or oppressed us,” they replied. “You have not taken anything from anyone’s hand.” Samuel said to them, “The LORD is witness against you, and also his anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything in my hand.” “He is witness,” they said. (1 Sam 12:1-5, NIV)

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