One of the greatest blessings of God is friendship. Proverbs 17:17 says, “a friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” I use to have this verse plastered on my wall, and pictures of my friends surrounding it. It was a great reminder to pray everyday for the friends that God had given me.
The idea the iron sharpens iron is a wonderful truth. The more iron creates friction, the more it has potential of causing the other blade to become more and more useful. Each blade helps the other by making them sharper. The Proverb says it this way, “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”
I am so grateful that God placed some godly friends in my life that helped me get closer to the Lord. My devotional life was helped most by my brother. I witnessed him wake up early every morning and pour over the Scriptures looking for truth from God’s Word. My light heartedness in ministry was helped by my friend Jesse in college. Many a times we laughed and enjoyed ministry together. My prayer life was strengthened by my youth pastor, Bro. Terry, who always encouraged me to pray. I could go on and on of those who helped me become a better follower of Christ.
David had a wonderful friend in Jonathan. Naturally, Jonathan should have been the enemy of David, but Jonathan was not an ordinary man. Jonathan had seen his father move further and further away from the Lord, and grow increasingly paranoid. Levelheadedly, Jonathan saw David as a godly man, and not a threat.
Likewise, David never viewed Saul or Jonathan as threats. David had been anointed as king, and yet he shows respect and honor to the current king. David never tried to speed up the process, nor did he view Jonathan as a danger to his future succession.
There are so many great lessons that we can learn from these two young men, and their wiliness to be friends. They were the least likely to become friends, and surprisingly are probably the best example of friendship we have in all the Bible!
The Bible makes it clear that godly friendship are one of the greatest things a believer can have. Some have complained that they have no friends. There is a remedy for this problem. The Bible says that friendships can be made when we show ourselves friendly. Proverbs 18:24 – “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly…”
Friendship ought to sharpen us in our Christian faith, and make us better Christians. If you have a friendship that encourages unfaithfulness to the Lord, it is not a healthy friendship. I want to surround myself with individuals who are going to encourage me to be holy.
Larry Brown had a wonderful statement about friendship, “You are now, or you soon shall be who your friends are.” Meaning, you become who you hang out with. Those you open yourself up to for influence will influence you. What are your friendships encouraging you to do and become?
If you don’t have good godly friendships, purpose this Sunday to be friendly to someone new and develop a new friendship at church. Find a friend that makes a better child of God, and one that will encourage you in the things of the Lord.
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Samuel 18 - 20
1 Samuel 18:12
“And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul.”