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Topic: Friendship (04/04/05)
TITLE: You Are My Friends
By Suzanne Shepard
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A young lad clothed in a shepherd’s cloak, staff in hand, is summoned to the King’s side.
“Whose son are you, young man?” Saul asked him.
David said, “I am the son of your servant Jesse of Bethlehem.” (I Samuel 17:58 NIV)
Full of faith and trust in the God that had proven Himself faithful before, David had taken on the giant of a man named Goliath, the champion warrior of the Philistines, and slew him before the frightened armies of Israel.
His great victory brought him notoriety and bid him entrance into the presence of the king. David was then invited to live with King Saul and all that belonged to the king became available to David as well.
“After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself.” (I Samuel 18:1 NIV) Thus began a very special friendship between David and the king’s son. It was as if God breathed a new spirit in each young man as they bonded together closer than brothers.
One day as Jonathan and David were speaking, David told his friend how the king seemed to hate him and Jonathan could not believe it was true. He made a pact with David to test his father’s intentions and sure enough, King Saul exposed his hatred towards David brought on by his fierce jealousy.
For the remainder of King Saul’s reign, he hunted David. But Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and defended his friend’s life.
He made a covenant with David saying, “May the Lord be with you as He has been with my father. But show me unfailing kindness like that of the Lord as long as I live… and do not ever cut off your kindness from my family.” (I Samuel 20:13,14 NIV)
David kept his word to his friend even after Jonathan and his father were killed in battle. David remembered his covenant with his friend and asked if there was still anyone left in the household of Saul that he could show his kindness to for Jonathan’s sake. They brought to him Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth, who was crippled in both feet. David blessed the young man with all that had belonged to his grandfather, Saul, and invited him to eat at his table as one of his own sons.
David and Jonathan shared a deep love for each other in the same way that Jesus desires to share His love with us. Jonathan covenanted with his friend and they promised to be kind and loyal to each other forever.
God has covenanted with us through the blood of His Beloved Son, Jesus.
It is up to us to live out that love towards each other as we endeavor to follow in the footsteps of Our Blessed Lord. Our earthly friendships should reflect the love that our Heavenly Father has for each of us. He has invited us to sit at His table and enjoy all that He has given to us through His Son.
Like Jonathan was to David and Jesus is to us, we should also be towards our brothers and sisters in Christ… totally devoted to the success of one another.
Jonathan and David’s friendship was a ‘type’ of relationship that our King desires for all of us to have with Him and with each other in the body of Christ.
“You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything I learned from my Father I have made known to you….This is my command: Love each other.” (John 15:14-17 NIV)
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