A True Friend

I Samuel 20

1 Sam 20:1-7 Then David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and went and said to Jonathan, “What have I done? What is my iniquity, and what is my sin before your father, that he seeks my life?”

2 So Jonathan said to him, “By no means! You shall not die! Indeed, my father will do nothing either great or small without first telling me. And why should my father hide this thing from me? It is not so!”

3 Then David took an oath again, and said, “Your father certainly knows that I have found favor in your eyes, and he has said, ‘Do not let Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved.’ But truly, as the Lord lives and as your soul lives, there is but a step between me and death.”

4 So Jonathan said to David, “Whatever you yourself desire, I will do it for you.”

5 And David said to Jonathan, “Indeed tomorrow is the New Moon, and I should not fail to sit with the king to eat. But let me go, that I may hide in the field until the third day at evening. 6 If your father misses me at all, then say, ‘David earnestly asked permission of me that he might run over to Bethlehem, his city, for there is a yearly sacrifice there for all the family.’ 7 If he says thus: ‘It is well,’ your servant will be safe. But if he is very angry, be sure that evil is determined by him.  NKJV

The Story

A Good Friend

A good friend will be there at all times

A good friend will put their friend first

I Samuel 18:3-4 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt.

A good friend will be willing to suffer for a friend

1 Sam 20:33  Then Saul cast a spear at him to kill him, by which Jonathan knew that it was determined by his father to kill David.  NKJV

John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

A good friend will keep his promises

I Samuel 20:15-17 but you shall not cut off your kindness from my house forever, no, not when the Lord has cut off every one of the enemies of David from the face of the earth.” 16 So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, “Let the Lord require it at the hand of David’s enemies.”

17 Now Jonathan again caused David to vow, because he loved him; for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

God is a perfect friend

God is there all the time for us

God puts us first

Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross for our sins

And we can know that God will always keep His promises

In My Life

Have I chosen good friends?

Proverbs 12:26 The righteous should choose his friends carefully, For the way of the wicked leads them astray.

Am I the kind of friend that God wants me to be?

Proverbs 18:24 A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Have I accepted the friendship of Christ?

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