2 Samuel 9:3 & 7, ‘The king [David] asked, “Is there no one still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?”
‘Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in both feet.”
‘David said to [Mephibosheth], “…I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”‘
This is an incredible story of kindness. When a king of a new dynasty gains the throne, the shrewd thing to do is to wipe out ALL opposition, NOT seek out the one person who can be a rallying point for supporters of the old regime, and not only give him a power base (masses of land and wealth), but also a place in the new administration (joining the discussions on the affairs of state with the king and his sons at mealtimes).
Yet David does all this to show GOD’S kindness.
A definition of kindness might be “grace with dirty fingernails”, that is, undeserved favour shown in real, practical ways, even to our own cost.
PRAYER: Lord, please show me how to demonstrate your kindness to others, even our ‘enemies’, or people who dislike us or who oppose us. Let it not be based on anything they do or do not deserve, but simply an outflow of your kindness to me in Christ.
Show me where I can demonstrate ‘grace with dirty fingernails’ this week. Amen.