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Powered by 4 - August 12, 2015

 

Completed Words

Today's reading: 2 Samuel 9:1-13

Words, by themselves, are cheap. It's easy to tell someone we'll lend a helping hand or pray for them. But putting our words into action is a different story. It requires follow through and effort on our part, and many times it just doesn't happen.

That's why one of my favorite parts of David's story is his reaching out to Jonathan's son, Mephibosheth. Way back in 1 Samuel 20, David and Jonathan promise they will support and uphold each other, and David specifically promises that he will show kindness to Jonathan's family in the future (see 1 Samuel 20:12-17 and 42). Well years have gone by and David is now king, and what does he do? He follows through on the promise he made to his closest friend. And what I love about this account is that David doesn't just show kindness to Mephibosheth. Instead, he goes above and beyond, giving back all of Saul's property (can you imagine how massive this had to be?), putting in place servants to work the land, and declaring that Mephibosheth would always eat at his table.

When we follow through on what we say, what message(s) does that send to those we're dealing with? What about people who are watching? How does being faithful to our commitments benefit us and others? Tami

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