Grace and peace be unto you.
The story is told that Shimei offended King David and he did not immediately retaliate. Instead, he told his son and successor, Solomon, to exact revenge. Solomon instructed Shimei to build himself a house in Jerusalem and live there. He cautioned him to go nowhere else, and emphatically stated that if he crossed the Kidron Valley, he would die. Shimei expressed gratitude for Solomon’s kindness (1 Kings 2:8-9; 36-37).
Solomon could have ordered Shimei to be put to death but he showed him kindness for the maltreatment of his father. The apostle Matthew wrote, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).
As you go throughout this day, are you prepared to give kindness for offences? The story is told that Peter denied Jesus three times. Even so, after Jesus’ resurrection, he sent a message to his disciples for them to meet him in Galilee, and he specifically said, “And Peter” (Luke 22:54-62; Mark 16:7). Can you imagine how Peter felt when he received the special invite? Similarly, can you imagine how your offenders feel when you show them kindness?
Heavenly Father, we praise you for your kindness. Help us to be kind to everyone as we diligently serve you. In Jesus’ name, amen.