The bible depicts a beautiful friendship between Jonathan and David. Jonathan was King Saul’s son, he was a young man of courage, strength and determination who truly relied on God. He was a mighty soldier – highly respected and trusted by those he led. David was the youngest son of Jesse, a shepherd boy, he was a musician and a warrior, the Bible says he was handsome too, When David killed Goliath, his courage deeply affected Jonathan. This was the start of their friendship.
Everyone needs friendship, no matter where you are in life. Nobody makes it alone.
Friendships develop intentionally. 1 Samuel 18:1 says that Jonathan became a close friend to David. He took the initiative to become friends. It didn’t just happen by accident. Proverbs says that a man who has friends must himself be friendly, in other words, to have a friend you must intentionally be a friend.
Friendships meet our needs. If you want to build and strengthen strong friendships you have to be there when times get tough. In 1 Samuel 20 we find that David is in trouble. Jonathan’s response to David in his time of need was, “Whatever you want me to do, I will do it for you.” That is friendship. Jonathan was willing to sacrifice anything for David.
Friendships bring joy on the journey of life. Friendships aren’t just there in times of trouble but also to celebrate life! 1 Samuel 18 says that “Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself.” They did life together. Every joy in life is doubled by your friendships. When something great happens, you can celebrate but it is so much more fun to celebrate with friends.
Friendships are loyal. Jonathan’s father, King Saul, was crazy with jealousy towards David. Saul was attempting to find a way to turn everyone against David. Jonathan went to his father and defended David. He literally put his life on the line for his friend. Jonathan and David made a covenant to be loyal to each other and each other’s families forever.
Friendships are a constant source of encouragement. 2 Samuel 23:16 says, “Jonathan went to find David and encouraged him to stay strong in his faith in God.” When David found himself at his lowest point, everyone else had walked out. But Jonathan walked in and encouraged him.
Let’s all invest in our friendships. Let’s strengthen the ones we have and be intentional about creating true, authentic community. If you don’t know where to start, consider joining a group at church. We offer groups for anyone in every stage of life, just take that next step.
Nobody makes it alone.