o From the Desk with Bill
Hope everyone is having a nice day, I had a nice day yesterday catching up on emails and went to Grace Baptist and listened to my good brother Michael Boyd on Goodness and Kindness and How David treated Mephibosheth who was the son of Jonathan who was also crippled. Will share notecard under Cornerstone.
o Family News
Not much on family news except everyone is doing better.
―Time to Grow – Kindness and Goodness When No One Notices
Introduction: Though David and Jonathan could have become bitter enemies fighting to gain the kingship of Israel, God instead forged a strong friendship between them. Although kings of his time were known to eradicate all competition, David made a vow with his friend saying that, as king, he would not wipe out Jonathan’s family. David upheld his vow by blessing Jonathan’s crippled son, Mephibosheth, providing us with an excellent example of kindness and goodness from which we can make application for our lives today.
1. Show Kindness to Family and Friends (2 Samuel 9:1) We need to make sure that we are displaying kindness to our families and friends. This may seem like a given, but many times it is those closest to us that get the short end of the stick. Instead, take initiative and show kindness, praying as David did, ―Lord, is there anyone still left to whom I can show kindness for your sake?
2. Show Kindness to Someone who can’t Return the Favor (Matthew 25:37-40) It’s very easy to be selective with our kindness and goodness. We tend to make decisions based on whether or not there’s something in it for us, and so we have to evaluate our motives. You experience a fulfillment when God uses your kindness and goodness to touch someone who may not be able to return the favor, and you never know how your love may impact someone else.
3. Show Kindness when it May not Be Deserved (Ephesians 4:32) Sometimes you can give a lot to people, but instead of them continually being grateful, they turn on you and expect more. Sometimes they are even critical of you and can stab you in the back. No matter the outcome, the Spirit filled Christian should take the high road and continue on the path of kindness.
Conclusion: David displayed godly kindness to Mephibosheth providing us with a great example that we should imitate. But do not make the mistake of solely comparing yourself to David—he really isn’t the one with whom we find common ground. Our story of sin tends to instead parallel Mephibosheth’s life. Like Mephibosheth, we have fallen into sin and are spiritually paralyzed for life. Yet, God knocks at the door of our hearts inviting us to enjoy His spiritual riches, to sit at His table, and to be adopted into His family. We don’t deserve God’s grace; and yet He offers it to us through Jesus Christ.
o Interesting reads
4-marks-of-a-godly-husband by Tim Challies
Your only hope is that God does not love as you do by David Murray
o Tech corner
Excellent post from Evernote
Timeless Note-Taking Systems for Students by Taylor Pipes