Friendship Repaid

And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?

II Samuel 9:1

As Christians, we are supposed to be kind to people.  We are supposed to be friendly.  We are supposed to be happy and joyful.  We are supposed to help people.  We are, in the words of Titus, supposed to be a “peculiar people, zealous of good works”.  Sometimes our kindness doesn’t seem like it is being repaid.  Sometimes we try to help someone and they despise us for it. 

Galatians 6:7 tells us that “whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”.  Usually we think of this verse in a negative sense.  We think that if we do wrong and if we sin, we are going to reap bad things in our lives.  That is definitely true, but the opposite is also true: if we, following the example of our Saviour, “go about doing good”, we will also reap the rewards of that.  

In this passage, David is looking for someone of “the house of Saul” that he can show kindness to “for Jonathan’s sake”.  He wants to be kind to someone because of Jonathan’s friendship.  Mephibosheth did not even know David.  But he was the recipient of David’s kindness because of his father, Jonathan.  Jonathan sowed kindness with David, and it was his son Mephibosheth who reaped that kindness.  We never know when or how we will reap the things we have sown, but we will reap them.  Let us sow the things we want to reap.

2 responses to this post.

  1. This is a good thing to remember. We must pray that the Lord will help us to not become weary in well doing. It is rewarding to think of Jesus looking down on us while we work and saying “Well done.”.


  2. That is a very rewarding thought. I used to live to please myself and do the things I wanted to do. Now that is my prayer- that I would do only those things that would be please Him.


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