Now when 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. Saul took him that day, and would not let him go home to his father’s house anymore. 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. – 1 Samuel 18:1-4
David and Jonathan’s friendship is lauded for its strength and depth. Even amid the most difficult of situations, their friendship remained strong, and the love they held for one another did not waver. Saul grew to resent, fear, and even hate David. He tried to frame him, betray him, and on several occasions kill him. But in spite of his father’s paranoia and panic, Jonathan remained true to his friend. He offered him help in every situation, never letting worldly circumstances change the feelings he had for the friend that God had placed into his life. Jonathan was of great benefit to David during his persecution, offering assistance and advice to help save David’s life. It didn’t matter to him that he was working contrary to Saul’s wishes. He knew what was right so he allowed the love he had for his friend drive him to David.
I don’t know if Jonathan knew that God had chosen David; that he was anointed and blessed by the Father to become the man of God that he did. What is certain is that David was his friend – someone he dearly loved and for whom he would do anything. The circumstances of the situation didn’t matter. Until the day he died, Jonathan continued to serve God faithfully through the love he gave in friendship to the one God had chosen.
We should desire to befriend one another in a similar way. To stand in agreement in all things, to uplift and support each other as we pursue the destiny paths on which God has placed us. In some ways, this might be considered easy – I should just do lots of nice things for you, say kind words, you do the same, and all will be well. But I have learned that this is not enough nor is it the correct way to go about it.
In order to provide this level of friendship to you, I must first immerse myself in the Word of God. Your faith has made you a prince/princess of the King of Kings. If I will befriend a prince, and especially in the case of a princess, I must first stand in the favor of the King. Therefore I have submitted myself to God in all things in order to do His will in all areas of my life; including in areas relating to the friendships in my life. I have given my life to God and will subsequently allow Him to direct me in how I live. He will remain faithful to His promises and direct me in how I should proceed in all things, just as He is doing in your life as well.
Know that whatever your day brings today, I am continually lifting you up in prayer and keeping you close to my heart as a dearly loved friend.