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03/31/2011

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The Model Friendship


"After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one spirit with David, and he loved him as himself" (1 Sam. 18:1).

Trying to describe what friendship is all about is not a cut and dry list of do's and don'ts. Maybe no two friendships are exactly alike, but there is one in the Bible that stands out like a lighthouse on the shore...It is the friendship of Jonathan and David as described in the Book of First Samuel. Their friendship had all of the things that a close relationship ought to have. "And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself" (V 3). Lets lay the groundwork here before we go any farther. Jonathan was King Saul's son, and upon his father's death he would become king. God was displeased with Saul and Samuel had anointed David to be the next king. Jonathan risked everything that seemed to be important in life to be David's friend. "My father Saul is looking for a chance to kill you. Be on your guard tomorrow morning: go into hiding and stay there. I will go out and stand with my father in the field where you are. I'll speak to him about you and tell you what I find out" (19:2-3). Their friendship was one of deep loyalty and commitment. "Jonathan said to David, 'Whatever you want me to do, I'll do for you' " (20: 4). Good friends can confide in one another and know that their confidence will be kept. "While David was at Horesh in the desert of Zith, he learned that Saul had come out to take his life. And Saul's son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God" (23: 15-16). Friends will take risks for each other and be sure that God is involved in their relationship...Maybe this is the key...The most important thing that friends do is within the parameters of God's will....The greater our friendships, the dearer we are to God....

Have a great day...Let your light shine for HIM.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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