I read Jesus’ words, told through the gospel writer John, this morning: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12) I read them as I also contemplated my Bible Study for today on 2 Samuel 9. In this chapter of 2 Samuel, David – who has become king over all of Israel after his predecessor, Saul, a man who spent the latter part of his life trying to kill David – asks a question: “Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul to whom I may show the kindness of God?”
Think about that for a second. David intentionally sought to find any remaining family members of the man who tried to kill him on numerous occasions…not so he could get revenge but so he could show them the love of God. And it just so happens that the man David found was in line to be the king…to take David’s position from him…if enough people chose to rally behind this man. David’s decision to show love could have potentially started a war (that would have resulted int he loss of tens or hundreds of thousands of lives) and cost David everything, but David chose to show love anyway.
If you ever ask yourself the question, “Am I supposed to love even THIS person?”, I hope you think back to David’s story. Jesus commanded us to “love one another”; in my mind, that means EVERY one another. I am not naive; I know this isn’t easy. Believe me, there are people to whom it is not easy for me to show love. I am human like the rest of you. At the same time, I trust Jesus, and I know that love is the better way.
Is there anyone to whom showing love would be difficult for you? What can you do about it? What does God want you to do about it? – Pastor Brad