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Friendships are one of the most precious blessings you can have in your life. There are many types of friendships found in the Bible. These are two of my favorites.
David and Jonathan
Probably one of the most famous friendships is that of David and Jonathan. This is an example of instant friendship. Have you ever met someone and just knew in your heart that you were going to be the best of friends? The Bible says:
“And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.” (1Sam. 18:1-3KJV).
Jonathan was Saul’s son and Saul was the first king of Israel. God took the kingdom from Saul because of his disobedience. David was anointed to be the next king of Israel. Because of his jealousy, Saul tried to kill David. Jonathan helped David escape, putting his own life in danger because of his love for him. “And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul.” (1Sam20:17KJV)
It has been said that their friendship is one of the deepest and closest recorded in the Bible. They drew closer together when their friendship was tested, and they remained friends to the end.
Ruth and Naomi
Ruth and Naomi’s relationship was bound by their faith in God. Naomi’s son was Ruth’s husband. So they were connected by marriage and friendship. After Naomi’s sons died, she felt like she didn’t have anything left to offer her daughters-in-law. As a result of this, Naomi tried to send them away.
The Bible states in verse nine of chapter one, “…Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice and wept.”, demonstrating their close relationship. Naomi again told them to go their way and while Naomi’s other daughter-in-law, Orpah, returned to her people, Ruth stayed out of loyalty and devotion to Naomi. Ruth 1:14 says “but Ruth clave unto her”. The 1828 Webster’s Dictionary defines clave as “to be united closely in interest or affection”. When Naomi told Ruth, the third time, to return this was Ruth’s heartfelt response :
“And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.” Ruth 1:16-17
Ruth and Naomi shared deep sorrow, great affection for each other, and an overriding commitment to the God of Israel.
As I have told my children on many occasions, you only need one true friend. If you have one true friend then you are truly blessed.
Friendship is something that requires selflessness, honestly, loyalty, trust, accountability, faithfulness, and forgiveness.
For a long time I didn’t have a true friend (other than my husband of course). I prayed for the Lord to give me a friend, someone who had similar life circumstances, such as age, children of the same age, homeschooler, and of like mind, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” Amos 3:3. I asked for someone I could talk with and know she would be honest with me and hold me accountable in my walk with the Lord.
God is so good and faithful! He gave me two such friends. I love and cherish these two sweet ladies. I can be myself with them and never fear being judged. I can confide in them, never doubting their trustworthiness. I have the utmost respect for them.
I pray every person reading this has such a friend.
While I thank God for these two ladies, there is one friendship that is even more important. John 15:13 states, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” And Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
I can’t even imagine my life without Him!