Kindness Of God:
Today we are going to discuss something very important concerning our Christian faith. And our focus will be on the term Kindness of God.
Before we go further let’s see what King David in the bible said about this:
Our text is from 2 Samuel 9:4
“And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet.”
In the verse above, King David made a striking statement that every believer should be mindful of. And that is that I may shew the kindness of God unto him. The intention of King David is to show kindness of God. And since it is kindness of God it means a particular kindness that is of God.
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This means that, there’s a kind of kindness from God and also there’s a kind that comes from man. The kind of kindness that King David wants to show to Mephibosheth is different from man’s kind of kindness.
Let’s us study this statement from the viewpoint of the family tussle that was between the families. The bible says that “Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.” And also let’s see another verse “And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul.” (2 Samuel 22:1). There are many verses as regards to our topic but let’s build on these and thereafter we may continue.
The Tussle between the Families:
The two verses above show that there was serious enmity between the family of David and that of Saul. The enmity has taken the lives of both family members and supporters. The crux of the matter is that David should not be king over Israel. This Saul fought hard to see that his family retains the kingship. Stories from the bible reveal that Saul left his throne and went after David in the wilderness. In several occasions, King David spared Saul’s life. But instead of Saul to disuse his ambition, he continued his pursuit to see that David died in the process.
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Humanly if you have the life of your enemy in your hand you shouldn’t spare it. But what we have in the case of David is a different scenario. He spared the life of Saul many times; and when Saul died in the war he didn’t celebrate his death. The man that brought the news of Saul’s death didn’t go free from it and David did this to him:
“And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the LORD’s anointed? And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. He smote him that he died.” (2 Samuel 1:14-15).
This is strange! I mean this is the time to be happy. It is a time to let your relatives know about it so that they will rejoice with you. Then you call to your pastor and let him know your enemy you told him to pray against is dead. The next thing should be to prepare a sanctimonious testimony. The congregation should hear something that will quicken them to give ‘glory’ to God.
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David Did The Unexpected:
The guy who broke the news of the death of your enemy should receive the finest gift. I mean do you know what it is that your enemy who has fought tooth and nail to see you go six feet down is dead? You have to paint the street red and white. Well, what we see in the life of David is the opposite of all that we humanly expect from him.
He mourned his enemy, and most importantly he did this;
“And David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabesh-gilead, which had stolen them from the street of Beth-shan, where the Philistines had hanged them, when the Philistines had slain Saul in Gilboa: he brought up from thence the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son; and they gathered the bones of them that were hanged. The bones of Saul and Jonathan his son buried they in the country of Benjamin in Zelah, in the sepulchre of Kish his father: and they performed all that the king commanded. After that God was intreated for the land.” (2 Samuel 21:12-14).
This is unprecedented. It takes a heart that is full of God’s love to show this kind of kindness to one’s enemy. This shows that before David could say the word kindness of God, he knows what he was saying. kindness of God is the kind that one does without considering his enemy’s position. Surely, this is the reason God called David a man after His heart (Act 13:22).
The Implication Of The Statement:
The statement depicts a man who knows how to do those things that God does. We have to point out this fact. The nature of David is that irrespective of what the character of Saul is ‘I will continue to be who I am’. This implies that he didn’t allow Saul to dictate the pace for him. It is the reflection of what God’s nature stands for and we can see it from the scripture.
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God Reveals His Own Kind of Kindness:
Let’s push it a little further by looking at how God behaved or reacted to man’s wickedness against Him. “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6). It says while the ungodly was without strength at the proper time God died for them. The subject here is not the godly but the ungodly, meaning those who are criminals or against God.
Now, this is the point; that God sent His Son to die. And to die for the people who are His enemies is the Kindness of God. Again, let’s see verse 8 of this chapter “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8). The implication of this is that Christ died while sin was ongoing. Sinners have not stopped sinning, they are still sinning yet it didn’t stop God from dying for them.
Jesus speaking in the gospel said this:
“That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:45).
God blesses everybody their attitude towards Him notwithstanding.
Here, Jesus said that for believers to be the sons of their Father in heaven they should behave the way their Father behaves. And this is by not allowing the people that are against us to change our nature in God. This definitely will prove our sonship in God. The believers should practice and prove the kindness of God to the world and not the kindness of man. The kindness of man is, if you do I do. But the kindness of God is that though you didn’t do I will do.
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Gloria Imuwahen Asiegbu
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