“Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.” 2 Samuel 9:7
David had remembered his friendship with Jonathan, the son of King Saul. Now that both Saul and Jonathan were dead, he wanted to show his kindness to Jonathan’s family. Mephibosheth was the only one left alive and he was called to come before King David. David told him he would show him kindness and restore all the land of his grandfather Saul.
In ancient times it was very common that when a person became king, he usually removed all family members of the former king, unless they were direct family. This was especially true when the former king was an enemy, as King Saul was to David. However, David did not remove them. He restored the lands of his enemy to the enemies family and provided care for his family.
Although today, most people do not set out to kill or destroy an enemy of the family, they also do not show much kindness. If someone had taken their enemy’s land, they would not restore it. Often children are treated roughly because of their parents actions.
Jesus said that as one of His followers, you must love your enemy and do good to them. It is easy to want to seek vengeance on someone for harm they did or their family did in the past. Yet, forgiveness, love and kindness are required by God.
God has shown you kindness by forgiving you and your family of your past wrongs against Him. He still cares for you and loves you. How much more should you now love your enemy, especially the offspring of your enemy, who has done nothing wrong?
Seek ways to show kindness to others today and see how God can use you to build His kingdom.
I pray today that you will see the kindness God has given you; that you will love others as Jesus has loved you; that you will show kindness to everyone; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.