Stronger Together | Stronger Friends
Psalms 133:1 NIV
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
Ecclesiastes 4:9 NIV
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
1 Samuel 18:1-4; 19:1-4; 20:17
After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. 2 From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return home to his family. 3 And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. 4 Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt… 19:1 Saul told his son Jonathan and all the attendants to kill David. But Jonathan had taken a great liking to David 2 and warned him, “My father Saul is looking for a chance to kill you. Be on your guard tomorrow morning; go into hiding and stay there. 3 I will go out and stand with my father in the field where you are. I’ll speak to him about you and will tell you what I find out.” 4 Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, “Let not the king do wrong to his servant David; he has not wronged you, and what he has done has benefited you greatly” … 20:17 And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself.
1. Stronger Friends are willing to sacrifice.
John 15:13 NIV
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
2. Stronger Friends are loyal defenders.
3. Stronger Friends let you be you.
4. Stronger Friends always encourage.
Practical steps to develop a Godly friendship:
1. Ask God for a friend.
Matthew 7:7 NIV
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find.
2. Look in the right places.
3. Be a Jonathan for someone else.
Proverb 27:17 NIV
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.