Determined Kindness
Sin and Forgiveness

Kindness Gone Bad

Have you ever purposed to do something nice for someone and had the person question your pure motives?  The poor reaction to a kindness sure takes the joy right out of it, doesn't it?  Following King David on through the book of 2 Samuel we see a similar happening.

In 2 Samuel 10, King David wanted to show a little love to Hanun, the son of Nahash, as his father showed kindness to him.  You see, Hanun's dad had just passed away and David sincerely wanted to comfort him.  Therefore, David sent some of his own servants to comfort him.  Things would have turned out fine had some the Ammonites not bent Hanun's ear regarding the kind gesture.  Look what they said:

And the princes of the people of Ammon said to Hanun their lord, "Do you think that David really honors your father because he has sent comforters to you?  Has David not  rather sent his servants to you to search the city, to spy it out, and to overthrow it?  (2 Samuel 10:3 NKJV)

Hanun listened to the people, not realizing how wrong they were, and " took David's servants, shaved off half of their beards, cut off their garments in the middle, at their buttocks, and sent them away." (2 Samuel 10:4 NKJV).   My, oh my.   This caused a mess.   The Israelites then ended up in battle with the Ammonites and the Syrians.  And all because of a misunderstanding. 

I wonder what would have happened had Hanun's "advisors" not been so skeptical?  The bible says that

To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled. (Titus 1:15 NJKV)

This makes me wonder how many times I unfairly question peoples motives for their actions.  Does it make you stop and think? 

A Look in the Mirror:

1) Are my motives pure in all of my actions?  my helps?  my pursuits?

2) How often do I question another's motive for what they are doing or saying?  Sometimes we may rightly be discerning a wrong, but sometime we may be mistaken.