Have you ever met someone for whom you just feel a special kinship? You share easy conversation and perhaps have similar interests. As you spend more time with this friend, you discover you are willing to do anything for this person.
Jonathan was heir to the throne, and David was anointed to be the next king. This should have caused great division between these two young warriors, but instead, the two became fast friends. Jonathan would do anything for his friend, David, even give up his place as future king. Jonathan symbolized his honor for David by giving him all his possessions.
1 Samuel 18:1-4
After David had finished talking with Saul, he met Jonathan, the king’s son. There was an immediate bond between them…Jonathan sealed the pact by taking off his robe and giving it to David, together with his tunic, sword, bow, and belt.
David mourned for his friend when he heard of Jonathan’s death in battle. When given the chance, David remembered the promises made to Jonathan and passed the blessing onto Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth.
2 Samuel 9:7
“Don’t be afraid,” David said [to Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth], “I intend to show kindness to you because of my promise to your father….”
The rewards to friendship are amazing. I encourage you to show yourself friendly towards others and gain friends. Remember to keep your promises, and guard your priorities. Friendship is more important than position or power.
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly….
[Jesus says], “You are my friends, if you do what I command.”
How thankful we should be that Jesus left His position and relinquished His power to become as one of us, live a perfect life, die on the cross, and pay the ultimate price for our sins! He first loved us, so we have freedom to love Him and live for Him.
I am a friend of God. I am a friend of the King. Are you?