“And they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son and for the people of the LORD …” (v12). Instead of rejoicing when King Saul was killed in battle, David mourned. He honored Saul as Israel’s leader, and he genuinely grieved for his beloved “brother,” Jonathan (v26). People were watching David’s reaction to the death of his enemy; his refusal to gloat or behave disrespectfully (the Amalekite’s crime, v14) showed what kind of leader he would be.
“Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely!” (v23). Like David, when we keep our hearts free from hatred, we are available for God to lead us into a good future.