1 Samuel 31:11-12 “11 Now when the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, 12 all the valiant men rose and walked all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth-shan,”


This is, I must admit, a pretty somber story.  Saul and his three sons were killed in battle by the Philistines.  The Philistines, trying to humiliate the Israelites, fastened their bodies to a wall.  How awful!  How denigrating!  So, the men of Jabesh-gilead came and took them down.  They could have been killed by the Philistines for this, but they came anyway.

Now, why would they risk that?  Because Saul had rescued them from Nahash, king of the Amorites, years ago when Saul had just begun his reign as king.  They had not forgotten Saul’s courage and what he had done for them.  This was payback for the kindness shown them.  They had to do this.


Kindness is something that is hard to teach our children. They learn this best by observing it.  So, Mom and Dad, be kind!  We are told in the Word to put on kindness.  I believe the Lord knows that it just does not come naturally to our flesh.  But it is expected.

Find some ways for your children to show kindness to others.  Take some cookies to the local fire station and thank the firemen for their service.  When you see a police officer in a restaurant while you are out eating, buy his or her meal.  Walk up to a soldier and thank him or her for their service to our country.  Take a meal to a shut-in at your church.  These are all ways to show kindness and gratitude to others.

Who has done something for you in the past for which you have not thanked them properly?  Do that today.  Pick up the phone and call them.  Send them a gift card.  Whatever you choose to do, just do it.  You might just make their day.

Father, thank you for sending people in my life who bless me.  Show me today how to bless them.


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