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verses 5-6: “(Love) does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;”

I had written a reference in my Bible to Luke 6:35-36 and 2 Samuel 9 (I think it’s 9, I must confess that I need to sharpen my pencil that I keep in my Bible!). I wrote these in hearing a sermon preached on this passage (and if I’m not mistaken, I believe it was our own pastor…I want to give credit to my fellow servant).  Please read both these passages.

The account in 2 Samuel 9 is that of King David showing kindness to Jonathan’s crippled son, Mephibosheth, when David inquired about any living relatives of Saul’s household. The Bible footnote here states that this is a display of covenant loyalty (the covenant that David and Jonathan had made with each other), and that it is a beautiful display of grace. David wished to show this kindness for Jonathan’s sake, to honor his dear friend; I marvel that it was
Mephibosheth, who truly needed that grace, since he was crippled and lame in both feet.

The parallel is drawn to Jesus’s own words from the Sermon on the Mount in Luke 6:35-36: “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.”

We are the ones who truly need that grace; we are the ungrateful and evil ones to whom God is kind. Remember, we are sinners saved by grace. And we need to be imitators of Christ in this, too.

Something to think about.

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