II Samuel 16:5-8 NKJV
Now when King David came to Bahurim, there was a man from the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei the son of Gera, coming from there. He came out, cursing continuously as he came. And he threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David. And all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. Also Shimei said thus when he cursed: “Come out! Come out! You bloodthirsty man, you rogue! The Lord has brought upon you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned; and the Lord has delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom your son. So now you are caught in your own evil, because you are a bloodthirsty man!”
Shimei should have been ashamed of himself. He confronted David and his men. He went all in. He went all the way off like a mad man.
He threw things.
He called David out.
Imagine what would happen if he had not went off like that. Just think if he had not chosen to go that route.
David was at a low point.
David had lost everything.
David had lost the kingdom.
David had lost the kingdom to his own son Absalom.
The last thing he needed was a Shimei to kick him while he was down. Yet, David exercised restraint. He didn’t take Shimei out. He didn’t allow his men to do so either.
II Samuel 16:11-12 NKJV
And David said to Abishai and all his servants, “See how my son who came from my own body seeks my life. How much more now may this Benjamite? Let him alone, and let him curse; for so the Lord has ordered him. It may be that the Lord will look on my affliction, and that the Lord will repay me with good for his cursing this day.”
What is your Christian response to what others do to you?
Let the shame be on them. You have to deal with what you have to deal with anyhow.