Qualities of Friendship- David and Jonathan

Scriptural Portrait of Faithful Friendship between Men

 1 Sam 18-20; 1 Sam 23 Jonathan and David 

Unity – Jonathan became one in spirit with David.—1 Sam 18:1

Sacrificial Love – Jonathan loved David as he loved himself.—1 Sam 18:1

Commitment – Jonathan made a friendship covenant with David.—1 Sam 18:3

Generosity – Jonathan gave David his tunic, sword, bow and belt.—1 Sam 18:4

Honesty – Jonathan warned David of his father’s desire to kill him.—1 Sam 19:1-2

Praise – Jonathan spoke well of David to his father.—1 Sam 19:4

Encouragement – Jonathan told David not to fear for his life.—1 Sam 19:7

Faithfulness – Jonathan told David he would do whatever David wanted him to do.—1 Sam 20:4

Trustworthiness – Jonathan told David he could trust him to warn him.—1 Sam 20:9

Loyalty – Jonathan and David shared oaths to protect each other’s families.—1 Sam 20:14-17

Integrity – Jonathan made the Lord witness to all he did for David.—1 Sam 20:42

Compassion – Jonathan was grieved at his father’s treatment of David.—1 Sam 20:34

Emotional vulnerability – Jonathan and David kissed each other and wept together.—1 Sam 20:41

Spiritual strengthening – Jonathan encouraged David to lean on God for strength.—1 Sam 23:16

Refusing rivalry – Jonathan refused to compete with David for the throne, although he was the son of the king.—1 Sam 23:17

Proverbs 20:5 – Counsel in a man’s heart is deep water; but a man of understanding draws it up.

Prov 27:17 – Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.


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