Enduring Friendship Requires Mutual Respect

Daily God Walk for Sunday, November 15, 2009

 After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself…And Jonathan made a covenant with David.  – 1 Samuel 18:1-4

 The friendship of Jonathan and David is one the great stories in the Bible. Two young men, one was the son of a king the other would someday become king. Jonathon, the son of Saul, the king, and David, the son of Jesse, the shepherd. Men of differing status, but who had become as one in spirit.

If you know the story you know how that Saul sought to kill David, and had even ordered Jonathan to kill him, but Jonathan was true to the covenant he made with David. Every time his father would devise another plan to kill David Jonathan would warn him. Even though they were separated by time and circumstance they persevered in preserving their friendship.

We all need friends like that. Friends who will put their own ambition on the shelf and help us work through our difficult times. It is also just as important, and probably even more so, for us to be that kind of a friend.

I have friends who were homeless. Actually, I met them when they were homeless and we invited them to come live with us for a while until they could get on their feet. While they were living with us they recommitted their life to Christ and began to grow in spiritual maturity.

They have been living in their own place for nearly three years and don’t need our friendship to survive. However, our friendship never was based on need but rather mutual respect and the Holy Spirit knitting our hearts together. 

I have a physical condition that prevents me from doing much outside work and my friend has planted and maintained a garden for us. He regularly mows our yard and has planted flowers. We will leave town for a few days and when we return she has cleaned our house and washed our clothes.

The fact that my friends are from a different race has never been a factor in our friendship. Their friendship is a treasure I will cherish my entire life.

Principle: Lasting friendships are formed through mutual respect.

Affirmation: I am committed to building lasting relationships.

Prayer: Lord, grant me the grace to be a good friend. In Jesus name, amen.

Bible Reading: Psalm 25 – Esther 1-2 – Proverbs 15

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