READ : 2 Samuel 9:1-11
I imagine that Jim Bakker, former PTL (‘Praise the Lord’) president and television personality imprisoned for fraud, receives little kindness from anybody. After release during a visit in the living room of Ruth and Billy Graham, Bakker fumbled in a crumpled envelope, looking for an address. Ruth asked, “Don’t you have a wallet, Jim?” He replied, “This is my wallet.” Ruth left the room and returned with one of Billy’s many wallets he had never used. Kindness need not be extravagant in order to make a difference.
King David’s kindness to Mephibosheth, the crippled son of Jonathan, is a beautiful story. David was given the throne of Israel, defeated his enemies and was at the top of the political ladder. Yet he took exceptional care to provide for the welfare of one of Jonathan’s sons. David could be tough in battle, but he had a kind heart.
Christians are under orders to be like Jesus Christ. Kindness shown to others is living God’s way. Christ has assured us that “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
When people sin against us, kindness toward them often proves we have truly forgiven them. “Whoever is kind to the needy honors God” (Proverbs 14:31).
Make me kind, O Lord, even toward my enemies. Amen.