1 Samuel 18:1, 4 NIV 2011
After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and loved him as himself…Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.
Jonathan was King Saul’s son. After David’s defeat of Goliath and a lengthy conversation with Saul regarding his trust in the Lord, Jonathan was drawn to David. One commentator wrote, “Their friendship endured even when it became clear that David was to replace him as the successor to his father’s throne.” In verse three “Jonathan made a covenant with David.” Giving David what he did was tantamount to offering himself in service to David. This act ratified the covenant he’d made with him during their first meeting. Friendship between believers is a small picture of God’s great friendship with His faithful followers.
God has blessed me with many friendships over the years. Until my mother went home to be with the Lord, she was one of my best friends. My sisters became my friends many years ago, as have my daughters. I have several sisters-in-Christ that are dear friends. Many friends have been mine for a season and others have walked into eternity. The greatest friend I’ve been blessed with is the Lord. He hears my prayers and knows my heart. He walks with me daily both friend and Father.
What makes a lasting friendship?
The Father’s faithful followers,