Cynicism is running thick in this generation. None of us is immune from it, and we must maintain our guard. This doesn’t mean that we should be naive to the schemes of evil. Instead we must be completely reliant on the Lord to order our steps and transform our hearts. Otherwise, the darkness of this age can overwhelm and overcome us. Brothers and sisters, we are called to be overcomers! Jesus has paid the price for the victories that He can win in our lives over the sin of cynicism, which is simply unbelief by another name. Have faith in God and do not incline yourself toward the disaster of cynicism – particularly when it is the easiest path to take.

It happened after this that the king of the people of Ammon died, and Hanun his son reigned in his place. Then David said, “I will show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father showed kindness to me.”

So David sent by the hand of his servants to comfort him concerning his father. And David’s servants came into the land of the people of Ammon. And the princes of the people of Ammon said to Hanun their lord, “Do you think that David really honors your father because he has sent comforters to you? Has David not rather sent his servants to you to search the city, to spy it out, and to overthrow it?”

Therefore Hanun took David’s servants, shaved off half of their beards, cut off their garments in the middle, at their buttocks, and sent them away. When they told David, he sent to meet them, because the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, “Wait at Jericho until your beards have grown, and then return.”

2 Samuel 10:1-5

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