I felt instantly accepted by her
Reference: ““Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”” 2 Samuel 9:7 NIV
Explore: I recently met my friend’s mother. She was warm and friendly and easy to get along with. I felt instantly accepted by her and enjoyed her company.
When I thought about it later that day I realised I should not have been surprised. My friend was one of the best people in the world, so it stood to reason that her mother would be pretty amazing too.
It doesn’t always happen that we follow in our parents’ footsteps, but it is a common occurrence.
Application: As I’m reading through the life of King David in 2 Samuel, I am seeing a lot of similarities between him and Jesus. While they were numerous generations apart, they both held God’s heart and character.
David should have been annihilating his enemy’s family, and yet, he was showing them compassion and hospitality. This surprised the people around him, just like Jesus continued to surprise his followers through His acts of love and grace.
When the Pharisees were perplexed at Jesus’ actions they should have looked back at King David to be reminded that love often prevailed over hate.
We, too, can live beyond people’s expectations. Our call in life is to live in such a way that people can see Jesus reflected in our lives.
Just like I can see King David’s grace was similar to Jesus, my hope is that people will see in my life similar attributes to the One I follow.
Prayer: Lord, You gave Your life so we could learn how to act and love. May our lives be a true reflection of Your grace and peace. Amen.
What part of your life reflects that of Jesus?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.