2 Samuel 9:7b-8..7a David said to him, “Do not fear, 7b for I will surely show kindness to you for the sake of your father Jonathan,
David told a nervous man “fear not” A because I am going show to kindness to you, not because you deserve it, but because of a covenant, I made to your father, Jonathan. B David promised to restore his father’s inheritance and to feed Mephibosheth at his table on a regular basis.
Disciples are commanded; “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” C We also know that kindness is the middle fruit in the list of the fruit of the Spirit. We are also commanded to pursue kindness with all diligence. D
Therefore kindness is very important for a Disciple today, but in very short supply in our world. In all the world there is trouble. The news each night in 2018 has stories about a lack of civility and kindness in the USA. The last few weeks included a member of the president’s staff being refused service in a restaurant and an assault on a newspaper with 5 killed.
Are we as individual Disciples guilty of being unkind and discouraging toward those who oppose Jesus and us by our actions and words? E God exchanged the sins of repentant sinners who believe in Jesus for God’s righteous because Jesus loved every person and died for sins. We certainly do not deserve His kindness, grace, and mercy.
I will recognize every day that I do not deserve the grace and mercy of God. Every day I will be filled by the Holy Spirit with knowledge, guidance, strength, and the fruit of the Spirit so I will be kind and encouraging to everyone.
Notes: A- “For Fear not” click here. B- 1 Samuel 20:8, 14-17, 42; C- Ephesians 4:32; D- Galatians 5:22-23a, 2 Peter 1:5-7; E- click for Am I a Discourager? Careless words with the power to discourage. Be an Encourager! We are commanded to love God and our neighbor and our enemy! Mark 12:30-31, Matthew 5:43-44
Henry Luke 7/13/2018