A friend will give you the shirt off his back!
A friend will be there when you need him/her!
A friend will stand by you when no one else will!
A friend will be a friend for life!
We all have friends that know, accept, and love us for who we are. Their loyalty weathers the storms and circumstances that life brings and when the storms come they stand by you. And they are with you in the good times as well.
The Bible speaks of such a friendship between David and Jonathan. In 1 Samuel 18 -20 we read a lot about this friendship. Jonathan was the son of King Saul who was becoming jealous and threatened by David. The tension between Saul and David was very real and even life-threatening. Jonathan literally saw in David his leadership and symbolically gave him the trappings of his inheritance (military tunic, sword, bow, and belt) showing his allegiance to his friend who was as we know would eventually rule over Israel. Jonathan also protected David’s life warning him to flee the anger of Saul and to go into hiding.
As I read this passage that many of you are studying a few nuggets came to mind.
- To have friends, you must be a friend. We must treat others like we want to be treated. We must respect them.
- Some friendships happen naturally. Personalities or interests draw people together.
- Some friendships are built over time. As we spend time with others, circumstances bind us together. Common bonds are built.
- Some friendships are closer than others and this is okay. Levels of intimacy are often limited to the time or depth that people can spend with one another.
- Some friends will be friends for life and some friendships will last a season. Both are important and fill our lives as we go through the years.
In John 15:15, Jesus calls us friends. That implies a close relationship that we can have with the One who died for our sins and calls us to a life of service. If we treat others like Jesus treated people we will be the best friends around. “No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
Strive to have the kind of friendship that Jonathan and David enjoyed. Stay in touch with your friends. Pray for them daily!
What a friend we have in Jesus!