Word Study For Today: The Book Of Psalm Chapter 106.
Devotion: MODELING KINDNESS.
Texts: I Samuel 24:1-22. |II Samuel 9:1-13. |Philemon 1:1-21.
Kindness is an instance of kind or charitable behaviour.
It is an expression of a good or benevolent nature or disposition.
Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit as scripturally listed among others >Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)==>“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,” 23)“gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
A kind person is one who is affectionate, favourable, indulgent and considerate, helpful and humane. Such persons are compassionate, generous and approachable. Generally classified, a kind person is good and godly natured.
Our number one model and ambassador for KINDNESS, is Almighty God Himself.
The epitome of Kindness. He is kindness personified.
Ephesians 1:7-8 (NLT) says ==>“He is so rich in kindness and grace, that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.”
Our God is rich in kindness and He showered that kindness on us as His own. Through the Macedonians, the kindness of the Lord as showered, is expressed as a lifestyle. > 1)“Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. 2)They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. 3)For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will.”[2 Corinthians 8:1-3 NLT].
The Macedonian Church had cultivated the fruit of the spirit called kindness and it’s palpably expressed in their lifestyle of generosity. They gave and out gave themselves. Theirs was not just a spirit or desire to give, rather, their giving was borne out of a nature that is sold out to seeing others live in comfort and well being. They had empathy for people’s plight, hence despite their own limitations and need, they yet went beyond themselves to attend to the needs of others, alleviating pain and stress. They weren’t cajoled or forced into doing this, it sprang from their heart of compassion and benevolence. They gave and kept giving, without a demand in return. It was huge for them, yet it was no big deal (they did not see themselves as doing anything so out of this world, even though they took it so seriously as a divine assignment and went about it like it was the life wire of their life). Such a perfect example of KINDNESS they are.
In Zechariah 7:9(NLT) ==>““This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another.”
Kindness is as much a fruit of the spirit as it is a commandment of God. This gives credence to say it’s not a fruit you can decide to have or not have; it is a MUST HAVE!.
David, a man after God’s heart, was so kind; his kindness flowed even unto the enemy of his life and destiny. Saul was after David’s life to the intent that he left his throne and started pursing David all about in the caves and in the woods. A king pursing a subject with so much vigor; he couldn’t sit still.
He didn’t dispatch his royal army nor the palace defence squad against David. No! He himself went after David [to tell how determined he was about getting rid of David]. Now this same David under such fierce onslaught, ran for his very life. At the presentation of the opportunity to attack his attacker, kill his killer [all in defence of his own life]; yet, he choose to feed the situation with the fruit of the spirit which he possessed. >>> He showed Saul KINDNESS. >I Samuel 24:5-7 (NLT)=> 4)“Now’s your opportunity!” David’s men whispered to him. “Today the Lord is telling you, ‘I will certainly put your enemy into your power, to do with as you wish.’” So David crept forward and cut off a piece of the hem of Saul’s robe. 5)But then David’s conscience began bothering him because he had cut Saul’s robe. 6)He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this to my lord the king. I shouldn’t attack the Lord’s anointed one, for the Lord himself has chosen him.” 7)So David restrained his men and did not let them kill Saul. After Saul had left the cave and gone on his way,“
Saul, when he realised what had ensued >16)“…Saul called back, “Is that really you, my son David?” Then he began to cry. 17)And he said to David, “You are a better man than I am, for you have repaid me good for evil. 18)Yes, you have been amazingly kind to me today, for when the Lord put me in a place where you could have killed me, you didn’t do it. 19)Who else would let his enemy get away when he had him in his power? May the Lord reward you well for the kindness you have shown me today.”[1 Samuel 24:16-19 NLT].
There’s a reward to this fruit when expressed to others, for your kindness isn’t yet established till you deal this fruit unto others to partake. >Proverbs 11:17(NLT)==>“Your kindness will reward you, but your cruelty will destroy you.”
David didn’t stop his kindness with Saul, even after him, he yet sought Saul’s household member to deal this fruit to. Once has David spoken, twice has it been heard that David is a kind man. Here’s the account > 1)“One day David asked, “Is anyone in Saul’s family still alive—anyone to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”3)The king then asked him, “Is anyone still alive from Saul’s family? If so, I want to show God’s kindness to them.” Ziba replied, “Yes, one of Jonathan’s sons is still alive. He is crippled in both feet.”
5)So David sent for him and brought him from Makir’s home. 6)His name was Mephibosheth; he was Jonathan’s son and Saul’s grandson. When he came to David, he bowed low to the ground in deep respect. David said, “Greetings, Mephibosheth.” Mephibosheth replied, “I am your servant.” 7)“Don’t be afraid!” David said. “I intend to show kindness to you because of my promise to your father, Jonathan. I will give you all the property that once belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will eat here with me at the king’s table!” 11)…And from that time on, Mephibosheth ate regularly at David’s table, like one of the king’s own sons. 13)And Mephibosheth, who was crippled in both feet, lived in Jerusalem and ate regularly at the king’s table.”[2 Samuel 9:1, 3, 5-7, 11b, 13 NLT].
To loved ones, many may show acts of compassion, but to go all out seeking your enemy to show kindness to, is a more than proven fact that, kindness is entrenched in you.
Such was David [a man after God’s heart indeed; exhibiting the fruit of God’s Spirit].
Beloved, to whom are you [showing] and will you show KINDNESS?
- Praise Jehovah God in songs.
- Pray in the Holy Spirit for 15 minutes.
- Ask the Lord reverently for grace to manifest the fruit of the Spirit called KINDNESS [ask that the Lord will cause to well up in you compassion that compels you to action, not minding yourself, but going beyond yourself to do good.
- Pray for the grace of the Macedonian church [that you will be known for KINDNESS], that you may become a role model to others.
- THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS KINDNESS, MODEL IT.