Read 2 Samuel 9
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Scripture- 2 Samuel 9:1- One day David asked, “Is anyone in Saul’s family still alive—anyone to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”
Observations- David again does something unconventional for a king 3000 years ago- he extends hospitality and kindness to a potential heir to the throne in the line of succession from the previous king. Most kings would have eliminated any threats to their power, but David remembered and honored his promise to his best friend, Jonathan, to bless his remaining family.
Application- The question Jesus was asked, "Who is my neighbor?" was designed to figure out the precise boundaries and limits of hospitality and kindness to be extended, which led Jesus to tell the parable of the Good Samaritan. There are, of course, no limits to the way we extend love and grace; rather we are to pour God's love out lavishly- as it has been poured out on us.
Prayer- Thank You, God, for the way You have so graciously poured out Your love on my life. Help me not be stingy in sharing that lavishly with others. Point me in the right direction and lead us to "show kindness" in ways that reveal we are rooted in Your Word, renewed by the Holy Spirit, and reaching out with Jesus' love to all people. Amen.
“Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.” (Luke 10:36-37)
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