Alex is a high school student in Vancouver, Washington. One day he was driving on a job when he was rear-ended by another driver. Alex took a photo of the man’s driver’s license so he could report it to his insurance company. He noticed that the man held a commercial license. In conversing with him he found out that he was married and a father and that this was his second accident in less than a month. The man was upset that he had been so careless.
Later, in thinking about the situation, Alex considered that if he reported the accident this man’s insurance would undoubtedly be raised and that this would be financially harmful and affect the man’s livelihood as a driver. So Alex decided not to inform the insurance company. He called the man and told him that it would be fine for him to repair the damage through a body shop and that he would not report the accident. The driver was grateful for Alex’s considerateness. Indeed, for someone so young, Alex displayed great foresight—uncommon kindness.
2 Samuel 9:3--So the king asked, “Is there anyone left of Saul’s family that I can show the kindness of God to?” Ziba said to the king, “There is still Jonathan’s son who was injured in both feet.”
David spent years on the run from King Saul who was tenaciously intent on killing him. After Saul died and David secured the throne he exhibited uncommon kindness by granting favor to Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth, Saul’s grandson. We know that David had a special friendship with Jonathan and that they covenanted to protect each other and their offspring. But it was the custom in those times that when a king was overthrown or killed that his line would be wiped out by the successor to ensure there would be no revenge or attempt to retake the throne. David was not worried about Mephibosheth’s loyalty or wiping out Saul’s family. He was concerned with doing what was right in God’s sight.
The ultimate example of uncommon kindness is God extending grace to us though we don’t deserve it. Our rebelliousness is dreadful. It does not make sense that God would send Jesus to hideously suffer as our atonement by taking our sins on His back. But that’s what He did. And that’s why it is so tragic when people refuse to place their faith in Jesus and accept His offered grace. “Make sure that you do not reject the One who speaks. For if they did not escape when they rejected Him who warned them on earth, even less will we if we turn away from Him who warns us from heaven” (Hebrews 12:25).
To have uncommon kindness requires looking past present circumstances with an attitude of securing a better future. It means to be thoughtful when wronged and, instead of accusing, retaliating or rushing to judgment, acting in a way so as to bring blessing. In essence, there is an inclination to be kind set in one’s character that is not easily overcome by detrimental circumstances.
Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.—Joseph Joubert
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)