Our self love can turn us into enemies of our real self interests.

Saul's behavior in today's reading reminds us of times when our excessive self-love has blinded us to giving credit where credit is due.

After his soldiers have overcome the superior threat of the Philistines, Saul was exuberant until he heard the people chanting, "Saul has killed his thousands, and David his tens of thousands."

Saul's was  so hurt over his being given less applause than what was accorded to David that it turned his love for David into hatred. He raised an amy of three thousand men to track David down and kill him. Then, when David called out to him, his real interests took over and he called back, "Is that your voice my son David?"

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