2 Samuel 9:1-12
As I have said many times before, love seems to be the fruit that ties all the other fruits together. It seems that if we do not have love, it is difficult to have any of the other fruits. Today, I am looking at how love for others is what motivates us into kindness. For example, as a mother, even when my children seem to be pushing my buttons, I still want to be kind because I love them. I do not ever want to hurt them and I have never intentionally hurt them. My love for them motivates my kindness toward them. I am looking at a story today that reflects how love for a person motivated King David into a kindness that was not heard of in his day. Please read 2 Samuel 9:1-12.
David’s first question in verse 1 was amazing! “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” This was unheard of at this time. It was customary in those days that when a new king took over a kingdom, the previous royal family was wiped out. David was doing the exact opposite by wanting to show kindness. This kindness was motivated out of a promise he made to Jonathan (Saul’s son) because they loved each other. Please turn to 1 Samuel 20:14-17. Jonathan and David were best friends; they loved each other dearly and protected each other. David loved Jonathan so much that he promised he would show kindness to his family when he became king. When David found out that Jonathan had a son, he brought him to eat at his table as one of his sons. Mephibosheth was not only the grandson of the previous king, he was also physically impaired. In 2 Samuel 4:4, we see that his feet were wounded when he was dropped and it became a permanent wound. He was wounded as they were fleeing when Saul and Jonathan were killed. That event ushered in the beginning of David’s reign, so in a sense Mephibosheth’s injury represented not only the loss of physical health thus falling short of the world’s standard, but also the loss of a father and the loss of a kingdom. And who showed kindness to him? The very person that took over the kingdom and could have had him killed showed him kindness.
We have injuries that represent loss. We have sin that made us fall short of God’s standards (Romans 3:23). The very One that could condemn us showed us a kindness that has no equal, and is unheard of! Instead of condemning us to death our King sacrificed His dignity and took our punishment and invited us to sit at his table as sons and daughters. Please look up Revelation 19:7-9 and Psalm 23:5. God’s amazing love for us showed us a kindness that is undeserved! How richly He has anointed us with kindness. When we can remember that God loves everyone and that He wants us to love, we can be motivated to show kindness.
Have you allowed God’s loving kindness to motivate you to be kind to others?