What does grace look like? Let’s look at what David does in 2 Samuel 9: 6-8 today and see.
And Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and paid homage. And David said, “Mephibosheth!” And he answered, “Behold, I am your servant.” And David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father, and you shall eat at my table always.” And he paid homage and said, “What is your servant, that you should show regard for a dead dog such as I?”
What happens here is this. David is now the king. And he wants to know if there is still someone from Saul’s family that is alive, so he can show them grace. But, wait, first remember what Saul tried to do to David repeatedly.
He tried to kill him. He threw speaks at him. He chased him around Israel. He did all in his power to kill him.
And now, as king, David wants to show kindness to a member of Saul’s family.
Well, David remembers his promise to Jonathan. He remembers his love for him, and he will honor his friend in this even though Jonathan’s dad (Saul) tried to kill him.
David will show grace.
Why? Because of his friendship with Jonathan. And because it’s what the people of God do. We have been given grace. We have been given mercy. We have been given forgiveness. We have been given so very much.
That we must give back. We must show it forth. We must give back to others out of the grace that we have been given.
David showed mercy to a man whose family tried to destroy him. He loved, because he had been loved by an awesome God.
That’s what grace looks like. To forgive when we don’t “have” to, to show mercy when there is no reason, and to see to show God’s love to all that meet each day.
That’s what grace look like.
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