2 Samuel 10:2 (KJV) Then said David, I will shew kindness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father shewed kindness unto me. And David sent to comfort him by the hand of his servants for his father. And David’s servants came into the land of the children of Ammon.
Being a leader in the Kingdom of God requires us the not only exercise strength and power, but also to demonstrate a willingness to extend kindness as well. Wisdom teaches us that in order to gain respect, we must also show respect to others as well. When we sow seeds of kindness to others, we reap a greater harvest in return.
Understanding The Text
In this text, David learns about the demise of the king of the Ammonites (v. 1). As is custom, he sends an emissary to the newly crowned king to offer his condolences and show his support during this transition (v. 2). David recalls the kindness shown to him by the deceased king and wants to reinforce the solidarity between the two nations. The purpose of this gesture is two-fold as it also ensures that peace will remain between them as a result of the act of goodwill on David’s part.
To move forward and advance the Kingdom’s agenda, we must be willing to unite with the law enforcement community to work through our differences.
Why Is This Important To Us?
This is important to us because as members of God’s Kingdom, we live in a world that is filled with hostility. This is something we must take seriously, especially given the nature of the recent events with the deaths of American citizens at the hands of law enforcement officers across the nation. The pain, anger and frustration that has stemmed from these events has led to peaceful protests in several places. In some of areas, the law enforcement officers reached out to the communities and joined in the protests as a sign of unity and disdain for the actions committed by their guilty counterparts. In other areas, those peaceful protests have turned into rioting and violent encounters with law enforcement officers.
Because our Kingdom lifestyle is counter to that of the world system in which we live, we must make every attempt to employ diplomacy and kindness at every turn. The Apostle Paul says, “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men…” (Rom. 12:18). This sometimes calls for us to go the extra mile to extend kindness to others whose actions may not warrant such a response. It may mean that we go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that we provide a helpful hand to someone in need within our community.
Random acts of kindness are not something we plan. They are the result of our awareness that we ourselves are the recipients of God’s mercy and kindness each day. Therefore, in response to His benevolence, we extend the same kindness to others because it is a part of the Kingdom lifestyle to which we subscribe. In other words, it is a part of God’s divine nature of which we are now partakers through our life in Christ (2 Pet. 1:4).
While given the nature of the current climate within our country, the emotional tension is understandable. However, when we begin to reflect on God’s kindness to us, we begin to marvel in total reverence to Him for this undeserved gift. A part of our gratuitous response to God’s kindness to us is to demonstrate kindness and love to those around us in a similar manner.
If we are indeed the children of God and members of His Kingdom community, it should be reflected in our everyday interactions with others. This includes the members of the law enforcement community as well. Despite the current generalizations, most members within that community are genuinely concerned with protecting and serving their communities. This is something we must consider prior to any face to face encounters with them.