READ: 1 Samuel 20:1-42
- The drama continued in this story. Saul continued to get more and more adamant about getting rid of David, while Jonathan became stronger and stronger as an advocate and protector. Jonathan did all in his power to protect David on the one hand and wished God’s best for him on the other. All because “he loved him as his own soul.” Friendship like that is hard to find…but of the greatest value.
- Friendship is personally beneficial. We gain from it in ways we can hardly imagine. But it also requires that we give of ourselves. Jonathan’s love for David indicates the level of commitment that friendship often entails. But, because he loved him, he was willing to make the sacrifices necessary. In some ways, it illustrates a principle that shows up in Paul’s language, “for he who loves his wife, loves himself.” To love others deeply, is to love yourself deeply.
- There is life to be received when life is given. When we pour ourselves into our relationship with others, we end up being the greatest beneficiary. People who are loved will see the need to love in return, if they are people of character (as were David and Jonathan). This mutual concern for each other became mutual benefit to each other. Both received because both gave.
- Why do some people make friends with those who always seem to take instead of give?
- How do you become someone who wants to give as much or more than you receive from a relationship?
- Which kind of friend are you? One who gives or one who takes?
PRAY: Thank God for your friends who share a mutual give and take relationship with you. Pray that you are a friend who is willing to give to others. Ask God to protect you from friendships with the wrong type people who will only take from you.