Abijam: Hero Or Villain?

I King 15:1-8, II Chronicles 13:1-22 — Abijam (Abijah) followed his father Rehoboam on the throne of Judah and in the Scriptures we are given two accounts of his life and reign. What is especially interesting about these accounts is that each portrays him in a different light. One is largely negative and the other is mainly positive. So what exactly are we to make of this king? And more importantly, what are we supposed to learn from his example?