Saturday 21st March - A tribute to friendship

2 Samuel 1-4 -

David mourned upon hearing the news that Saul and Jonathan had died. The lament recorded in 2 Samuel 19-27 is a touching tribute for two legends. It was noble of David to still regard Saul as high as he did given the circumstances of the relationship ending. As for Jonathan, the language speaks for itself:

How the mighty have fallen in battle,

Jonathan lies slain on your heights.

I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother;

You were very dear to me.

Your love for me was wonderful,

More wonderful than that of a woman

Jonathan and David’s friendship was as solid as can be. There is little doubt in my mind David would have reminisced on the time Jonathan helped him escape Saul’s death trap (1 Samuel 20) alongside countless other experiences not recorded in Scripture. Having good friends is an asset in life. Here, David goes as far as to say having a best-friend is more enjoyable than a romantic interest (v26). Amongst other qualities, healthy friendships bring with it enjoyable company, accountability, safety, guidance, and purpose. They often transcend socio-economic backgrounds, age-groups, and genders. C.S Lewis described the beginning of a friendship like this: ‘“Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”

In the Christian life, we have so much in common with one another. Church should be a natural place for deep meaningful friendships to thrive and strive. I can be confident to type this as we all have the love for what Jesus has done for us in common. More than that, Jesus Himself calls us a friend… did you know you are a friend of God? John 15: 12- 17:

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other".

Going forward today why don’t you send a text of appreciation to a friend. Is there a friend that perhaps needs a little extra love and support during this time?

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