Now David said, “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him [a]kindness for Jonathan’s sake” (2 Samuel 9:1 NKJV)?
Love and kindness are among the cardinal foundations of Christianity. This is so, because, Jesus modelled them throughout his earthly ministry. These principles permeated his preaching, teaching and healing ministries. They also served as a compass which guided him to achieve his vision for dying humanity.
For this reason, all those who are genuine followers of Jesus are obliged to live by these principles of love and kindness. Though, what qualifies one to become a Christian is through faith in the finished work of Jesus. After, the new birth, one is expected to portray a Christ-like character in his / her Christian walk.
Describing oneness and equality in the Body of Christ, the Apostle Paul said; There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28 NKJV). This means that, the cross does not only break down racial, social and gender barriers, it does economic barriers too. What this means is that, the haves in the church because of their faith in God, should be motivated by love and kindness to spread their wealth to support the have nots.
We all know that, the times we are living in are not ordinary. t’s no secret that, COVID-19 pandemic has in many ways brought hardship on many people in our communities in particular and the world in general. Those who have been adversely hit hard by this pandemic are the vulnerable members of our communities like our seniors and those low-income earners.
Perhaps, we may offer prayers for them, we have to back these prayers with action. How? By supporting the have nots in our churches and communities. We can do so by giving them food vouchers or buying them some groceries. This was the practice of the Early Church Christians. They showed kindness to the widows and the vulnerable among them by feeding them daily (Acts 6:1-7).
Similarly, King David showed kindness to Mephibosheth who was the grandson of Saul. This act was in direct response to his question; “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him [a]kindness for Jonathan’s sake” (2 Samuel 9:1 NKJV)? Though, Mephibosheth was a cripple, David saw it as his God given duty to feed him at his table the rest of his life.
James buttress this point when he wrote; 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead (James 2:14-18 NIV).
Saints, during these difficult times, our small acts of kindness to support the vulnerable both near and far would bring hope and joy to them Let’s ask ourselves what Jesus would have done; if he were physically living among us today?
In conclusion, let’s reflect on Jesus’ parable of the sheep and the goat; which reads;
31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the [a]holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me’ (Matthew 25:31-40 NKJV).
Rev. Dr. & Rev. (Mrs.) Charles & Faustina Mantey
Disciples Revival Church
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