Wednesday, July 1, 2015
1 Samuel 18:1
As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
David and Jonathan had a solid friendship. One of a true bond, down to the depth of their souls. They were more than just merely best friends. Their souls were intertwined. They were more than brothers. Their love for one another came from God Himself. That's the kind of friendship we need to have with our brothers and sisters in Christ. If we would love each other as David and Jonathan loved each other, and the way Christ loves us, the world would see us as real, and not just see Christianity as religiosity that is empty. I have a friendship that mirrors David and Jonathan's. My best friend and I were separated by distance for 25 years, yet we stayed in contact. Even in our silent moments, we were still joined. I came back home almost 7 years ago, and we still can't see each other enough. There are frustrations, but there are times we need to cry and need to laugh, and no matter what, we are there for each other.
I wrote about friends, and showed a video in my last blog, and I want to continue in that content. There are friendships that are not good for us. We may hang out with "the wrong crowd" and get into trouble. There may be "friends" who just bring us down. We need to be very discerning in whom we make friends with. The world shows us great sins. The Bible tells us in James 4:4, You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Meaning, the lust of the flesh, anyone who leads you to sin, the worldly desires, instead of godly desires. Those "friends" that lead you to sin, are not friends that are tied to your soul. They do not have your best interest in mind. A true friend will lead you in the right direction. A righteous direction, divinely made from the Lord Himself.
John 15:13 says, Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. Are you willing to give it all up for your friends? Are they willing to give all they have for you? That is what friendship is all about. Love and sacrifice, just as Jesus laid down His life for us. How much are you willing to give to your friendships in your life? Do you think they are worth the sacrifice? If you don't think so, then maybe you need to rethink why you are their friend, or if you really are a friend to them. God wants all of you. God wants your whole life. Jesus wants you to love others as He did, and for you to give it your all. Are you in?
In friendship and love,