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Genesis 20 - Key

v6,7

And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.

Now therefore restore the man [his] wife; for he [is] a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore [her] not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that [are] thine.

Abimelech had been doing well so far. He was innocent because he hadn't known that Sarah, whom he had taken, was Abraham's wife, and he hadn't gone near her yet. Even though he was doing well so far, the Lord seemed to think it would be necessary to give him a stern warning not to mess up now.

I think this is a good lesson for us. When we've been doing well, and seem innocent at the moment, it's still very important for us to make sure to obey the Lord... even when He's just revealed something new to us, and we would have to make a big change in what we're doing.

Application

When I have a conflict with somebody where I think I'm right, and the Lord reveals to me that I have a fault, I'll be quick to apologize for my fault in the conflict, even if I still think the other person is wrong.

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