Friends and friendships are really very important in our lives because, “A friend loves at all times…”
A story about a young warrior always amazes me whenever I read about him. His name is Jonathan. He was King Saul’s son. He was a mighty warrior, an able & reliable leader and a worthy heir of his father’s kingdom.
But he had a friend named David, an equally worthy & valiant warrior and God’s chosen king after Saul. Jonathan knew it. He knew that if he is going to honour his father he is going against God and his friend David. If he is honouring God’s choice then he is digging his own grave.
What do you think, what he would have chosen?
Let me just quote the lines from the story directly which is as under:
“The soul of Jonathan was bonded to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself… Then Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. Jonathan stripped himself of the outer robe that he was wearing and gave it to David, with his armour, including his sword, his bow, and his belt.”
Do you understand the implication of a Prince giving away his own armoury to somebody else, a shepherd boy named David?
Yes, it means giving away what belongs to him; the kingship, the heir and everything else because he loved his friend as himself and honoured God’s choice. That was not the end. He stood against his father for his friend and even saved David’s life from his father’s hand tactfully.
The friendship seems daunting to carry out when we think about the sacrifice of Jonathan for his friend in today’s world.
But is it impossible?
No!!! It is not impossible!!!
Let’s watch this video which will clarify your doubts about the people who risked their lives for their friends:
Interesting… Isn’t it?
Let’s watch one more short movie about three young boys who are best friends, titled as “What is Friendship?”
This kind of friendship is absolutely possible. But the only question arises, “Will I strip off for my friend?” “Will I be able to stand for my friend ever?” “Will I be able to sacrifice my everything for the person I loved so much?”
Jesus said, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” He did it. Will I?