Devotion: Wednesday, June 6th
Now David said, “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2 Samuel 9:1
The Living Stones family went through this chapter together this past Sunday. David desired to find someone still living, from Saul’s family, that he might show them kindness because of the kindness that Jonathan, Saul’s son, had shown to him. Of course, David also realized that God had shown him amazing kindness by taking him from the sheepfolds and making him the king of Israel.
I believe a sign of a person who has truly experienced God’s grace is that they, in turn, will be looking for others to whom they may show kindness for Christ’s sake.
I love and need the powerful truth of Ephesians 4:32, “ And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”
As Christians, we know we are called to forgive. However, often the offender shows no sign of remorse and, therefore, we just don’t feel they deserve forgiveness. Yet we aren’t called to forgive based on the remorse of the person, or on our feelings. We are called to forgive because God forgave us.
It is the same with accepting or receiving others. According to Romans 15:7 we are to receive them as Christ accepted us. If a professing Christian only receives those who they are comfortable with, it is a sign of immaturity.
The mature believer treats others with grace, kindness, respect, forgiveness, etc., because they understand this is what they have freely received from God.