In 2 Samuel, chapter 10, we get to see another side of David’s kindness for people in Israel, and even people in surrounding lands. In this chapter, we learn of a certain king who died in the land of Ammon. Now, since this man was kind to David, David said that he would also show kindness back to the people of that land also. In doing this, his only desire was to help comfort the new king, Hanun, his son, as he began to reign in his father’s stead. However, just like it always happens, the enemy then creeps in and wants to disrupt what is good from God. He did this by making the children of Ammon think that David was really lying to them, by sending his servants to spy on them, in order to overthrow them later on. And because of this, instead of being on David’s side, they went against his servants and even shaved off half their beards and cut their clothes from the top down, in the middle, to there but, which was very embarrassing for the men. It also made them feel ashamed, because of how the people treated them. This is very sad to see, and to then have the people of Ammon go so far as to hire 1“the Syrians of Bethrehob and the Syrians of Zoba, twenty thousand footmen, and of king Maacah a thousand men, and of Ishtob twelve thousand men” (2 Samuel 10:8), in order to go out and fight against David and his people. Now, as the battle began to rage against Israel, David said to his men, 1“be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the Lord do that which seemeth him good.” (2 Samuel 10:12) Of which this paid off since the Syrians were defeated. I mention all of this since David was starting to act like Jesus, in how he also loved others.
Jesus is our example of being loving and kind to everyone He came across. He even taught this concept to us when he said, 2“and as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.” (Luke 6:31-36) What Jesus said about being loving and kind is truly reminiscent of what we are seeing from David in chapters 9 and 10. Jesus also said, 3“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” (John 14:16-18) Isn’t this interesting that David was showing comfort to the people like Jesus does now through the Holy Spirit? The people also warred against David, much like the Jews did against Jesus. However, just like David, and being of his seed, Jesus came out victorious through the resurrection. Therefore, come unto Jesus and allow Him to also shine through you also. Then, will you begin to show love and kindness towards others.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, help us learn to love as You would have us love our neighbor and our enemies. It is our desire to do Your will and not our own. So teach us this day to live as You lived while You were on earth. Yes, Jesus, You are the greatest example of love in the purest form. What you taught about being loving towards everyone was showcased in how you treated others around You also. When you taught us to show love to our enemies, You did this while willfully submitting yourself to die for our sins. And even though we don’t deserve Your mercy, You show it to us anyway. What a great God I serve! Thank You, Lord. I know that I am not always the best person when it comes to displaying Your love, but I pray that I will get better at doing this as time permits. There are days that I say things to my wife and others that are hurtful, which makes me sorrowful and pained inside. I know that when I say sorry, it isn’t always accepted also, which is also so sad to know. But Lord, one thing I will never stop doing is tell people sorry when I’ve hurt them. I guess it is up to them to forgive me, as I know that You have already done this. In my confessions, You have heard my cries and have shown me compassion. For this reason, there are no more hard feelings for people that have done me wrong, but only love and forgiveness towards them. Lord, I may not always be so loving, but I am working on it every day, as I seek Your hand. That is why I need You in my life at all times. Make a home inside my heart, that others will see a light in my life and also want to know You. I love You, Lord. Amen.
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