Whenever you have been wronged, how do you react? To retaliate in such circumstances will be described in today’s culture as human, but is it what God expects from us?
David was wronged by Saul, and persecuted to kill David. After Saul died David could have killed all the descendants of Saul, as was the custom in those days for any new king to destroy all the descendants of rival dynasties.
In light of the covenant God made with David promising to show kindness to his family forever, it is fitting that David remembers the covenant he made with Jonathan (David’s best friend, but also son of Saul). Bound by covenant to his best friend, Jonathan, David is loyal to his oath and eager to take care of any of Jonathan’s descendants.
He learned the story of Mephibosheth in 2 Samuel 4:4 “Jonathan son of Saul had a son who was lame in both feet. He was five years old when the (death) news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel. His nurse picked him up and fled, but as she hurried to leave, he fell and became crippled. His name was Mephibosheth.” David sent for him. David assured Mephibosheth he had nothing but kindness for him. He promised to restore to him all the lands that had formerly belonged to Saul. He would receive the income from the lands as long as he lived. Mephibosheth would always be a guest at David’s table.
In every person there is the capacity for gentleness.
Kindness is one of the laws of Christianity and the Christian should seek the opportunity of doing good. The most necessitous are generally the least glamorous and the best objects of our kindness and charity are such as will be discovered only through our inquiry.
Though you have been wronged, forgive and be kind. Are you able to forgive those who wronged you? Can you be generous with those less deserving? Each time we show compassion, our character is strengthened.
David sent for poor Mephibosheth, just as God sent Christ to this earth to “seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).
The story gives us a picture of salvation by God’s grace in Christ. Grace comes to the helpless, those “sold under sin;” invites us to the place of peace and satisfaction; feasts us at God’s table; keeps our lame feet out of sight.
Salvation is of the Lord! He takes the first steps, because the lost sinner will not by nature seek God (Rom. 3:10–12).