I loved David's faithfulness to Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan. It was customary to have entire households slaughtered to prevent someone of the previous king's bloodline attempting to claim the throne, but instead David acts honorably towards Mephibosheth.
Are our actions towards others dictated by our own selfish agendas, or by our love of God?
Unfortunately, our passage also contains David's betrayal of Uriah, one of his very own mighty men. Uriah was a warrior of great integrity and David betrays him by committing adultery with Uriah's wife, and then ordering battle instructions that will ensure his death. The results and ripple effects of David's sin would be catastrophic and marked the beginning of the end of the kingdom of Israel.
Sin, particularly sexual sin, has extremely far reaching consequences that we often cannot even see. As we see in 1 John, David allowed the desires of the eyes and of the flesh to control his actions. Thankfully, there is forgiveness for even such great sin. Though forgiveness washes away our sin, it does not remove our consequences. May we be ever mindful of that and may it help us to resist temptation when it comes our way.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: 2 Samuel 12-13; 1 John 3