So David . . . said to her, “Go up in peace to your house. See, I have heeded your voice and respected your person.” (1 Samuel 25:35)
Abigail appealed to David on behalf of her scoundrel husband Nabal and David heeded her appeal. Abigail knew the art of the appeal. She understood the power of timing, words, and even gifts. She did not wait until David and his men came to her, she went to them. She went bringing gifts, and she brought them humbly. She measured her words and appealed to David’s strength, not his weakness. She did not flatter nor did she attempt to bribe. She simply appealed honestly and openly. An appeal is not badgering, nor is it coercing. It is requesting, petitioning and beseeching. The art of appealing can be learned. However, the attitude of the appeal comes from the heart. You can say all the right words at the right time, but if you have the wrong attitude, you will fail at your appeal. Learn the attitude of Abigail; even more so learn the attitude of Christ. He did appeal to His Father on your behalf you know?