Saul had continually tried to slay David. Yet David did not act in kind. Saul is practically offered to David on a platter. David finds himself hiding in a cave and Saul just happens to enter the same cave. David and his men are in the recesses of the cave and think: Now is our chance let us arise and smite Saul. David cuts off the corner of Saul's garment and even this act bothers David's conscience. You must remember that the Children of Israel were commanded to place tassels on their garments (Num. 15:37 - 41) to symbolize the commandments and to remind the people to perform the commandments. By cutting off the corner of the garment David symbolizes that the Torah has been removed from Saul. Saul is acting on his own desires not the commandments of the Torah. David spares Saul's life that day. David proves that he is a better man because of his ability to rise above the petty difference he has with Saul. Let us put aside our difference and learn to love those who persecute us. Always Remember:
20 "BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD."
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
(Rom 12:20-21 NAU)