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Faithful Friendship

Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. Saul took him that day, and would not let him go home to his father’s house anymore. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt. (1 Samuel 18:1-4 NKJV)

Someone was watching as David stood victoriously over the slain body of Goliath. It was Saul’s son, Jonathan, who had been fighting against the Philistines for years (1 Samuel 14:14). He was undoubtedly ecstatic that the enemy had been defeated, but his heart was more impressed with the victor than the victory.

In David, Jonathan saw a man he had a lot in common with, someone who placed priority on the purposes of God and wasn’t afraid to put his life on the line for them. This common bond became the basis for a friendship that would be critical in the days and months to come in David’s life. Jonathan became the personification of the proverb that states, There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24 NKJV).

It shouldn’t escape our attention that David had a faithful friend. So often ‘real men’ are portrayed as loners who don’t need anyone’s help. Try telling that to David. He valued and appreciated Jonathan’s friendship more than anything else in this world.

There’s something wrong when a person can’t point to any friends in his or her life. Without them our lives will lack support, encouragement, and accountability. God created us with the built-in need for relationships, and with all of the worldly elements that are against us, we’d be foolish not to take advantage of the blessed gift of friendship.

‘I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.’ (John 15:15 NKJV)

DIG – What was David’s attitude toward friendship?

DISCOVER – Why is it important to have a ‘Jonathan’ in your life?

DISPLAY – If you have a faithful friend, ask God to show you how to guard that relationship. If you don’t, ask God to bring one your way.

This Bible Study was prepared by Pastor Bob Coy of The Active Word.

View more Christian Bible Studies at PlanetHoly.com.

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  1. trevor
    August 21, 2008 at 7:01 am

    I used to say that my wife is my only friend,but I have learnt a lot.We both need friends besides the 2 of us.

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