Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills
“Have You Ever Showed Kindness Only To Be Repaid With Meanness?”
In certain countries, those who show hospitality or kindness to strangers are rewarded, while those who do harm stand in jeopardy of facing a harsh judgment.
During His earthly ministry, Jesus was both a host who received strangers and a guest who received hospitality. So He instructed His disciples to be a blessing wherever they were received.
While we would love to believe that all of our good deeds and godly actions shown to others will result with the same affectionate display back to us, we must remember we are in a world filled with “spiritual warfare.”
While it’s a shame, we must not think it strange if ugly comments, negative remarks or evil railing actions are demonstrated after a display of our generosity and love. Satan is out to deceive us, create strife, promote ill will and give rise to evil reports about believers. He will always attempt to provoke you to even cease in doing good works towards others.
Whether in the church to other members or unto strangers in the street, we must always remember that any good deed that we render, we do it out of a heart filled with the spirit of love unto Christ and that He alone is the source of our reward.
In The Old Testament, in II Samuel Chapter 10, we are given a special account where David’s kindness was misconstrued and repaid with evil.
While we are not told about any special alliance or agreement between David and Nahash, or about the kindness that Nahash showed to David, when Nahash died, David thought to send a delegation to express his condolences to his son, the new king.
II Samuel 10: 2-4 NIV says that, David thought, “I will show kindness to Hanun son of Nahash, just as his father showed kindness to me.” So David sent a delegation to express his sympathy to Hanun concerning his father. When David’s men came to the land of the Ammonites, the Ammonite commanders said to Hanun their lord, “Do you think David is honoring your father by sending envoys to you to express sympathy? Hasn’t David sent them to you only to explore the city and spy it out and overthrow it?” So Hanun seized David’s envoys, shaved off half of each man’s beard, cut off their garments at the buttocks, and sent them away.”
David’s gesture was sent to do honor to the memory of the passing king and comfort his son doing the loss of his father. Not only was this an act of sympathy but also a possible attempt to build a new relationship with the new king. But Hanun and his nobles drew other conclusions, believing that they were spies coming to examine their nation to launch a future attack.
So instead of treating them with respect, they were man-handled and violated in a shameful and humiliating manner.
The beard was the mark of being a free and important man and to cut it off on one side was an insult to David. Additionally, as only the priests wore long underwear, the ordinary dress of men consisted of a tunic and a loose flowing robe thrown over it. So the cutting of this robe up to the hip and exposing their buttocks was a vile, shameful and abominable act. In the midst of all of the mourners, they were laughed to scorn. David had meant peace and friendship, but kindness was not returned. So David vowed revenge for this public outrage.
What led them to believe that David wasn’t sincere? Did they deliberately want to provoke a war? Were they jealous of David’s previous military success? Were they harboring grudges against the nation of Israel? Have you ever showed kindness to someone and they repaid your kindness with evil deeds, slanderous words or actions? Why do you believe they did this to you and what have you done to forgive them?
I know that it may naturally appear to be very difficult not to become angry at someone that you’ve reached out to encourage, befriend, feed and bless and you were treated otherwise.
“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you,” but these words from Jesus are not a request. For God tells us in Proverbs 25:22, “In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head and The Lord will reward you.”
THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!