At God’s bidding, King David conquered all the enemies of the chosen people and began his reign in Jerusalem. Second Samuel 9:1 says, “One day David asked, ‘Is anyone in Saul’s family still alive — anyone to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?’ Saul was dead, as was Saul’s son Jonathan; and David still grieved. He wanted to show honor and respect to the family because of his special relationship with Jonathan. The story in Second Samuel tells us that David searched for a son of Jonathan’s and when he found him, he restored his property and gave him a seat at the king’s table for life.
This is the lesson for us today: the King did not just sit around thinking about his kingdom and the power he possessed. He actively sought ways to show kindness to others. Can you imagine living in a world where believers continually ask themselves what they can do to show kindness to someone else? And what if they actually did?
Unfortunately, we are so focused on everyday life and its problems that we rarely do what David did. Think about it. David was the king of God’s chosen people—the most important nation on earth at the time, yet he actively sought a way to honor his predecessor and the surviving son. Surely, if a king of such an important nation can take the time to bestow kindness, we can show random acts of kindness as well.
Of course, we don’t have to rely solely on the witness of one Old Testament player. We have a much better example at our disposal: Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus showed mercy and kindness to all kinds of people. And He did it so the world would know the love that God the Father had for them. In fact, this was His mission in life: to present God’s love to the people and to bring salvation to those who believed. When He returned to the Father in heaven, Jesus left His mission here for us to complete.
Today is the perfect time to ask yourself, “Is there anyone to whom I can show kindness?”