There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
A friend loves at all times.
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.
The soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself.*
George Washington said, 'True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity...'
The friendship of Jonathan and David is one of the Bible's closest bonds.* It began when a giant named Goliath challenged the nation of Israel. He proposed a winner-take-all fight to the death. If he won, the Jews would serve Philistia. If they won, the Philistines would serve Israel.
Considering the size of Goliath, no warrior in King Saul's army stepped forward. Just David, the shepherd-boy, who considered the size of God.
He ran forward, and the result is glorious history. One of the watchers was Jonathan, Saul's son, a young man of valor himself, estimated to be ten years older than David.
The Verse describing Jonathan's love for David** immediately followed the teen's victory. By David's show of faith and courage, he not only won the contest, but also Jonathan's respect.
Before the fight, David's brothers belittled him. After the fight, David had a friend who would stick closer than a brother.
Jonathan loved David enough to help him, hide him, and prefer David's future kingship to his own. Because Jonathan was heir to Israel's throne.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: God will reveal your truest friends. It may be one, or it may be a handful, but they will come. Prove yourself to them, and they will prove themselves to you.
Jonathan saved David when it was hard. David saved Jonathan's son when it was unlikely.***
Your friends will love your success more than their own, and they will love you more than themselves.
## Fellowship: Without Friends? (Part 6)
* Article on the friendship of Jonathan and David: http://rcg.org/youth/articles/0201-jadatalf.html
*** David's kindness to Mephibosheth: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Samuel%209
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2015 series called, 'Fellowship'. In these devotions, you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Fellowship series.