25 February 2021
A motto for every new day
‘Is there anyone … to whom I can show kindness …?’ 2 Samuel 9: 1
One Sunday, as I was preparing my mind for the communion service, my thoughts went to the lovely story of King David’s kindness to Mephibosheth. It wonderfully portrays God’s kindness to us, and reminds us to show God’s kindness to others.
After years as a fugitive from the jealousy of King Saul, David had at length become established on the throne of Israel. ‘God has been kind to me,’ he argued, ‘cannot I pass that kindness on to another?’ Unlike the common practice of rulers at that time, which was to kill any and all who were related to the
supplanted king, David thought of Mephibosheth, the crippled son of his great friend Jonathan. (He had died in battle helping his father, Saul, to defend the land.) Not surprisingly, Mephibosheth was scared when he received David’s invitation to live with the royal household; but David won his trust and
restored his land, providing plenty of servants and a suite in the royal palace.
I ask myself the same question: is there anyone to whom I can show God’s kindness – today? God has been kind to me. He has blessed me materially, and in so many other ways. Above all, he has made me his child and – amazing thought – his heir, with the prospect of living forever in his palace. His kindness
to me was costly (John 3: 16), and given to me while I was against him. (Romans 5: 8) God has been kind to us all; do we accept it without any thought of passing it on to others? (1 John 3: 16) Now I have added another motto to my desk diary: ‘Is there anyone to whom I can show God’s kindness
Read: 1 Samuel 20: 11–17, 42; Ephesians 4: 28–32.