18 April 2009


16 So Jonathan made a covenant with David, saying, “May the Lord destroy all your enemies!” 17 And Jonathan made David reaffirm his vow of friendship again, for Jonathan loved David as much as he loved himself. (1 Samuel 20:16-17 NLT)


When David and Jonathan met, David was already a threat to Jonathan’s career and future. As Saul’s oldest son, Jonathan was crown prince of Israel. Samuel had already anointed David as Israel’s future king. Now every feat of courage and every military victory on David’s part moved them one day closer to the time David would rule on the throne Jonathan could have inherited.

But Jonathan loved David as much as he loved himself! I’ve been sitting here thinking about Jonathan and my admiration for him grows with every thought. Jonathan was noble, loyal, and was willing to lay down his throne and his life for his friend David.


I’m learning to value friendship more. For years I’ve kept so busy I’ve not invested as deeply as I should in my friendships. In margin-less lives, friendships starve. I’m determined to feed my friendships better.

I suspect that some of my friends are better friends to me than I am to them, measured by the care and concern they show to me and I to them.

Do you have a friend like Jonathan? Are you a friend like Jonathan? I recommend that you ask God to help you develop a handful of real, rich friendships. It will cost time, money, effort, and might possibly cost you some achievement. When you’re looking back on your life, I’m pretty sure you’ll have no regrets.


Father, I purpose to be a better friend to my friends. I’m open to new friendships and I will do my best to be a good steward of the friendship gifts you give me. I’m going to feed my friendships with time and effort so they will be healthy and strong. Amen.

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