God Honors Kindness

God Honors Kindness

 

2 Samuel 9:7: But David said, “Don’t be afraid! I’ve asked you to come so that I can be kind to you because of my vow to your father, Jonathan.”

 

The new guy rolled into the office in a wheelchair. Several employees simply avoided him. But Cal walked over and introduced himself. “I’m Cal Thurston,” he said. “What’s your name?”

 

The crippled man held out a bony, gnarled hand. “I’m Steve.”

 

Soon they were good friends. Cal wheeled Steve wherever he needed to go, and Steve felt like a king.

 

A similar thing happened long ago in Israel. David could have killed Mephibosheth. After all, he was an enemy. King Saul fought against David every step of his life after David became famous. But David had sworn to his best friend, Jonathan, that he would take care of his children.

 

Mephibosheth was crippled. He certainly couldn’t lead a troop against David’s army. He might try to rally the people behind him in the name of Jonathan and King Saul. But he had no interest in that. He simply wanted to survive.

 

David showed kindness to Mephibosheth. He gave the young man a place at his table. He honored the youth with friendship and grace. God ultimately rewarded David for his kindness, too.

 

God loves kindness. Who can you be kind to today?  

 

Prayer: Father, teach me to be a kind person to everyone. Amen.

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