2 Samuel 9:7 Showing Kindness

“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.

2 Samuel 1:12 Weeping For The Fallen

They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the LORD and for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. 2 Samuel 1:12

The Philistines and the Israelites had went to battle against each other. In the process of the battle Saul and his son Jonathan were killed. After the battle David received word that they had died. David and his men began to weep and mourn greatly for their death and the loss that the army and Israel had just gone through.

Most people, when they have an enemy, will rejoice when that enemy falls or is destroyed. They see it as a great victory regardless of who the enemy was. They do not look at who the person was or who that person could have been, the person is only seen as an enemy.

Saul was an enemy to David as he strove very hard to have David killed. Yet, David knew that Saul was God’s chosen king, even though God was in the process of removing him from being a king anymore. Despite how bad Saul was to David, he still cared about Saul.

You probably have someone in your life who is an enemy to you. They do not treat you correctly and are out to get you. The question now is how do you treat them? Do you treat them with love and compassion? Or with hatred and vengeance?

Jesus said that every believer is to love every person, even the enemies. God loved you while you still hated Him and as you put Jesus on the cross. It was your sins, along with everyone else’s sins, that put Him on the cross to die.

If God can love you during that time, can you not love your enemy?

When your enemy falls, you should not rejoice, but weep over the loss. That person is a lost child that God loves. He does not want any to perish, but to have everlasting life. When the enemy dies there is no more chance to know and serve Jesus, it is over.

When your enemy has fallen what do you do?

Do you rejoice?

Or do you weep the loss?

I pray today that you will love others as God has loved you; that you will see every person as a potential child of God; that you will see the loss in the death of any person; and that you will strive to tell everyone about Jesus.