Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 18

Key Verse: After David had finished talking with Saul, he met Jonathan, the king’s son. There was an immediate bond between them, for Jonathan loved David. 1 Samuel 18:1

Throughout life have probably met thousands of different people in your life. Most of them are mere acquaintances, but others you might regard as friends. Usually, we further define our friends into groups of close friends and even best friends.

The Bible says in Proverbs 18:24, “There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.” Oh, how we need real friends and to be a real friend to others.

The Bible is full of friendships between God and people, and between people themselves. One of the most famous friendships of the Bible has to be that of David and Jonathan. They should have been enemies. Saul, who was Jonathan’s father, wanted to kill David. They were technical rivals to the same throne. Jonathan was next in line, but God had chosen David to be the next king.

Nonetheless, Jonathan was a friend with impressive qualities. His loyalty to David, and courage in the face of political pressure, and an angry father was unquestioned. Jonathan had the humility to declare openly he would never be king. He demonstrated genuine affection, loyalty and openness. He was the friend we would all love to have and should aspire to be.

How do we treat our friends? Most of us today are unlikely to be in a situation where our best friends are our father’s greatest rivals but are we willing to put our friends first in everyday things? Philippians 2:3 says, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.”

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