| 13 May 2013 |



One day Samuel said to Saul, “It was the Lord who told me to anoint
you as king of his people, Israel. Now listen to this message from the
Lord! *2 *This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has declared: I
have decided to settle accounts with the nation of Amalek for opposing
Israel when they came from Egypt. *3 *Now go and completely

*]* the entire Amalekite nation—men, women, children, babies,
cattle, sheep, goats, camels, and donkeys.”

*4 *So Saul mobilized his army at Telaim. There were 200,000 soldiers
from Israel and 10,000 men from Judah. *5 *Then Saul and his army went
to a town of the Amalekites and lay in wait in the valley. *6 *Saul
sent this warning to the Kenites: “Move away from where the
Amalekites live, or you will die with them. For you showed kindness to
all the people of Israel when they came up from Egypt.” So the
Kenites packed up and left.

*7 *Then Saul slaughtered the Amalekites from Havilah all the way to
Shur, east of Egypt.*8 *He captured Agag, the Amalekite king, but
completely destroyed everyone else. *9 *Saul and his men spared
Agag’s life and kept the best of the sheep and goats, the cattle,
the fat calves, and the lambs—everything, in fact, that appealed to
them. They destroyed only what was worthless or of poor quality.


Kindness is a big deal to God. In Romans 2:4, we read that it is
God’s kindness that leads men to repentance. Here, the Kenites are
saved from destruction not because they joined forces with the
Israelites; not because they share the same values or cultural
history; not because they had common interests or even because they
worshipped the same God. No – they were saved simply because they
showed kindness to the people of Israel.


Sadly, kindness isn’t experienced as much today as it should be. We
are harsh with each other. We cut people off in traffic. We don’t
let the person in the queue behind us go before us eventhough they
have only one item. Etc. Etc. Somehow, we have become an unkind

Kindness, like most other things, is a choice. Today – choose to be
kind to everyone you encounter – both the people you know, and those
you don’t. It may just be your kindness that brightens up the day of
a hurting person.


God thank you for your goodness and kindness to us. Please help me
today to be a vessel of your kindness, and to be kind to everyone I
encounter. In Jesus name, amen.

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