“David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2 Samuel 9:1 NIV

We owe it to ourselves to show kindness to one another, especially people we are in covenant relationships with. David and Jonathan were more than best friends. They were like brothers. They fought in battles together. Jonathan even gave David his sword and robe after he saw David defeat Goliath. They had a mutual respect!

Even though Jonathan was the son of King Saul and the king grew jealous of David, it never stopped Jonathan from watching out for his friend David.

David and Jonathan made a covenant agreement that if Jonathan died and David became King that David would show kindness to his children. Not long after that King Saul and Jonathan were killed and beheaded in battle. David mourned for his friend and said, “My love for you was greater than love for a woman.”

About 14 years later David is no longer on the run. He’s a king now with a large family. He’s done well for himself. But it dawns on him that he hasn’t reached out to see if any of Jonathan’s children are alive. He asks his servant, “Are their any descendants of Saul left that I can show kindness to for Jonathan’s sake?” The servant replies, “Yes, there is Mephibosheth, but he’s lame in both feet!”

Why was it necessary for the servant to mention his condition? So, because he’s lame David is not obligated to show him kindness?!

Aren’t you glad that your pre-existing conditions didn’t disqualify you from God showing kindness to you? The king showed kindness to you for Jesus’ sake!

We too have to show kindness for goodness’ sake. God has been good to us and we are sitting in places and positions that we never would’ve been sitting in if it hadn’t been for God on our side, and the question you need to be asking is this: “Is there anybody left that I need to show kindness to?”

  1. The least of these. “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ (Matthew 25:40). As followers of Christ we should be looking for the least, the last, and the lost to show kindness to on a weekly basis.
  2. The poor. When you give to the poor, it is like lending to the LORD, and the LORD will pay you back (Proverbs 19:17z0 Jesus said that the poor would always be with us. We should join up with the Poor People’s Campaign and help rescue people from poverty.
  3. People you don’t like. “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:43-45). This is so hard to do! But when you return kindness for evil it makes you a better person and not a bitter person.
  4. Your family.  Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever (I Timothy 5:8). Charity begins at home. This really should be the first place we start so that we can model this from the inside out.

Dear God,

Guide me in how you want me to show kindness for Jesus’ sake. You’ve been too good to me for me to keep it to myself. Don’t let me focus on their condition before I do what’s needed. I’m not just doing it for them but for Jesus’ sake. I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in had it not been for his grace and mercy. Show me today who it is that I need to show kindness to.

In Jesus’ Name,