"And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul." (1 Samuel 18:1)
The friendship of David and Jonathan is one of the deepest and closest recorded in the Bible. As I read the story of David and Jonathan it was clear to me that:
- they based their friendship on a commitment to God, not to just each other,
- they let nothing come in between them, not even family,
- when their friendship was tested they grow closer, and
- they remained friends to the end.
I wondered what type of friend am I? Am I a true friend? Are my friends able to count on me no matter what or am I a fair-weathered friend?
One of the marks of genuine friendship is loyalty. As a friend I need to be available in times or distress or personal struggles. As a friend I learn to trust, even in times when my friend give me advice that I do not want to hear, I will know that it is for my own good.
I am to love others as Jesus loved me and He loved me enough to give His life for me. He is my example. As a friend, I will, as Jesus did practice sacrificial love, listening, helping and encouraging others. Jesus is a friend to me and I am to be a friend to others.