The Kindness of God
2 Samuel 9:3, “Then the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, to whom I may show the kindness of God?”
There was in fact someone who remained from the house of Saul, that was his grandson Mephibosheth. Mephibosheth was lame in his feet as his nurse had dropped him when he was 5 years old and paralyzed him from the waist down. He would have been an easy target for David to get rid of, but instead of trying to do harm to Mephibosheth, David wants to show the kindness of God to him.
Why? Because David was not out to get Saul or Saul’s family. Time and time again, David had opportunity to kill Saul, but would not do so as David would remind himself, Saul was the Lord’s anointed. In order to prove that it was not his intent to kill Saul or his family, he wanted to show the kindness of God to any of Saul’s family that survived the attack by the Philistines. He found Mephibosheth and this is what the Bible says after he found him. 2 Samuel 9:11 (NKJV) “11 …“As for Mephibosheth,” said the king, “he shall eat at my table like one of the king’s sons.””
So for the rest of the days of Mephibosheth, he ate dinner at David’s table as if he was one of David’s sons. What a wonderful depiction of the kindness of God to Mephibosheth.
Some people have this idea that God is out to get us. That He is looking down on us from heaven and waiting for us to make a mistake and can’t wait to send us to hell. But this is not the God of the Bible. The Bible declares, Romans 2:4 (NKJV) “4 Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?”
Consider the following verses that declare the kindness of God!
Psalm 117:2 (NKJV) “2 For His merciful kindness is great toward us, And the truth of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!”
Psalm 119:76 (NKJV) “76 Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort, According to Your word to Your servant.”
Titus 3:4 (NKJV) “4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared,”
In addition, when we exercise kindness, we are demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22 (NKJV) “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,”
2 Peter 1:5–7 (NKJV) “5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.”
May you become increasingly aware of the kindness of God and increasingly showing kindness to others for in so doing, you are becoming more and more like Jesus.