One of the most beautiful portraits of friendship in the Bible was that of David and Jonathon. First Samuel 18:1 tells us, “After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself.”
As you read the account of their friendship in First Samuel, you see over and over that their focus is not on each other but the LORD.
“And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God.” 1Samel 23:16
This has been a struggle for me. I’ve wanted to stay focused of God, pointing all things in my friendships to Him, through Him, and for Him. But, I must admit I’ve fallen short from time to time.
Don’t get the wrong idea here. I’m not saying every friendship we have must be with a sister in Christ. But, our friendships do need to have Christ at the core, even if it’s only our core. Loving an unbelieving friend with His love, in His power and strength for His glory is what Christianity is all about.
A friendship built on a Biblical blueprint has a greater purpose than just companionship. It builds, encourages and corrects us as we journey through life.
The examples of friendship found in the Word are plentiful.
Abraham and Lot (Genesis 14)
Ruth and Naomi (Ruth 1)
David and Jonathon (1Samuel 18)
Elijah and Elisha(2Kings2)
Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel2)
Jesus, Martha, Mary, and Lazarus (John 11)
Paul, Priscilla, and Aquila (Romans 16)
Paul and Timothy (Phil. 2)
Just to name a few.
Each on has a unique setting and unique conditions. They were built in different times and places.
All of them were centered on love.
Jesus, Himself, defined true friendship when He said in John 15:12-15, “This is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
There have been, and will be days when it’s hard to love like that.
Through His power and strength all things are possible. I resolve to be a better friend this year.
What about you?
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