Read II Samuel 9 –
King Saul is dead. Jonathan, Saul’s son, is dead. Not by David’s hand. He attempted to protect them both, but they did not survive the battles of the Israelites.
Now, David is King. By God’s direction and sovereignty, the kingdom has passed from the family of Saul to David.
Any remaining member of Saul’s family could prove to be troublesome to David’s reign, could decide to seek to reclaim the throne.
But David is not concerned about this. Instead, he is looking for some living relative of Saul to whom he can show kindness (II Samuel 9:1). Jonathan had been David’s friend, and David wishes to honor him in this way.
There is someone – Jonathan’s lame son, Mephibosheth. David is not content to simply give Mephibosheth a gift or tell Mephibosheth of David’s love for his father. No. David desires to show kindness to Mephibosheth, so
–he brings him into his own home;
–he restores the land and holdings of Saul to Mephibosheth.
–he instructs the servants to till and care for the land and to bring the profit, not to David but to Mephibosheth. David assures Mephibosheth of a place in his home and at his table for all of his life.
Mephibosheth didn’t expect this; in fact he probably expected to be killed when David found out about him, but David offered kindness.
When David kept his promise to Jonathan by showing kindness to Mephibosheth, it cost him.
–it cost him the right to commit revenge against Saul, who had hunted and attempted to kill him;
–David risked upsetting his entire household by bringing in those who had served Saul;
–it cost him land and wealth as he turned over Saul’s holdings to Mephibosheth;
–David risked being seen as weak because he did not wreak retribution on one who was considered to be his enemy.
Kindness carries a cost.
When I am fully committed to showing kindness as God has shown me, it will cost me as well.
–My routines and schedules will be upset when I go out of my way to show kindness.
–I will have to give up my ‘rights’ if I actively serve others.
–Kindness will have an impact on my possessions and my finances.
–Others will not always understand when I choose to show kindness. They may call me foolish or mislead.
True kindness costs. It is a sacrifice offered to God that benefits another. It is not simply a feel-good task that allows me to think about my own goodness. It is a gift of love, because of what God has done for me.
Wouldn’t the world be a different place if we truly learned to show kindness?
Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
II Samuel 24:24……neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the Lord my God of that which doth cost me nothing.
Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.