'A man who has friends must himself be friendly.' Proverbs 18:24 NKJV
Jonathan and David had a very strong friendship. The Bible says: 'David finished talking to Saul. After that, Jonathan became David's closest friend. He loved David as much as he loved himself' (1 Samuel 18:1 GWT). Jonathan was heir to the throne, but he voluntarily gave it up because he knew David was God's choice for king. Jonathan desired to be a friend more than he desired to be a king. Friendship and God's ultimate plan were more important to Jonathan. And their friendship ended up changing the course of Israel.
Whether we're introvert or extrovert, shy or outgoing, friendship is an important part of our lives. We need other people for support, advice and prayer. God can use our friends to bless us.
But in order for us to have strong and godly friendships we need to be prepared to be strong godly friends to others. The Bible says: 'A man who has friends must himself be friendly' (Proverbs 18:24 NKJV). Friendships, like Jonathan and David's, don't just happen. They have to be worked at and grown. Developing strong friendships requires the investment of quality time. It means being deliberate about making them special. It involves putting people above our own personal gains, just like Jonathan did in his friendship with David.
So what now? Have a think about your friendships. Are you treating your friends well enough, and giving them priority over your own personal gain? Celebrate and honour them for the place they have in your life. Together you can change the world for God.
Soulfood: 2 Ki 10-12 Mark 12:28-44 Ps 132:11-18 Pro 13:7-8,