And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God unto him? -- David, 2 Samuel 9:3
King David was a master musician, a mighty warrior, and a merciful man. He had the world - at least his corner of it in the land of Israel - at his fingertips. Yet, he was concerned about doing something nice for the name of his deceased predecessor, Saul, who had continually tried to hunt him down to kill him for no good reason. This must have been the kindness of God of which David spoke, because I believe our normal human nature would not naturally think this way.
Not only was David's thought of kindness extraordinary, but his act of kindness was over the top. David found out that a lame grandson of Saul's, Mephibosheth, was still alive and summoned him to his home. Mephisbosheth was the son of David's best friend, Jonathan. At first when I saw that Mephisbosheth was Jonathan's son, I was skeptical at the true desire of David to do something nice for Saul's family. However, remember that when David set out to do his good deed, he didn't know who of Saul's house was still living. David restored Mephibosheth's inheritance in Saul's property and allowed him to eat at the king's table for the rest of his life. (2 Samuel 9:13)
Wow. Now that is an act of kindness definitely from God. After all, who is the source of the love and kindness dwelling inside of us anyway? God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffereing, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV)
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Cor 13:4-7 NKJV)
David was able to exercise kindness even unto Saul's family because David was a man who continually walked with God the best he could. It is no wonder he had the kindness and love of God in him. We can all have it. After all, we have the same God.
To think about:
1) When was the last time I intentionally reached out to offer the kindness of God to someone else?
2) Who can I touch this Christmas season with God's love?
3) How can I show those around me how much God cares about them?