Think with me about 3 questions.
- What does it mean to be kind?
- What is the kindest thing someone has ever done for you?
- What can you do to show kindness to someone else
In 2 Samuel 9:1, newly anointed King David posed this question: “Is there anyone remaining from Saul’s family I can show kindness to because of Jonathan?” If you read the rest of the story, you will discover that the someone is Mephibosheth. Mephibosheth was the almost forgotten son of Jonathan that carried with him the horrible tag, “lame in both feet.” However, because of the kindness of David, “the one lame in both feet” spent the rest of his days always eating at the king’s table. Mephibosheth’s story is a great story of grace. When I think about his story and my story as a recipient of God’s grace, two principles are abundantly clear.
First, those who have experienced grace (kindness) ought to exhibit great grace.
Second, the greatest acts of grace target those who could never repay with their own act of grace.
Now, take these two principles and go show kindness to someone today—not for Jonathan’s sake, but for Jesus’ sake!