We don’t seem to know what true friendship is in these modern times. The Bible had this kind of relationship all the way down though! I talk more about it in this video series.
“Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.” –I Samuel 18:3 (NKJV)
True friendship—unlike modern-day friendship—is threaded with biblical implications, due to it’s covenantal nature. And that nature of covenant includes sacrifice. Much of that sacrifice requires elimination of the human tendency to be: (1) jealous, (2) selfish and (3) prideful…all issues we can only rid through our Savior.
“And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt.” —I Samuel 18:4 (NKJV)
Unlike modern-day friends, a covenant friend protects (from potential danger/threats) and defends (reminding people of your innocence and fruit) by the Spirit of the Lord…so you’ll not have to question their loyalty—which is to God first, in order to extend properly to you.
“So Jonathan TOLD David, saying, “My father Saul seeks to kill you. Therefore please be on your guard until morning, and stay in a secret place and hide. And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you are, and I will speak with my father about you. Then what I observe, I WILL TELL YOU.” —I Samuel 19:2-3 (NKJV)
“Thus Jonathan SPOKE well of David TO SAUL his father, and said to him, “LET NOT the king sin against his servant, against David, because HE HAS NOT SINNED against you, and because his works have been very good toward you. For he took his life in his hands and killed the Philistine, and the LORD brought about a great deliverance for all Israel. You saw it and rejoiced. Why then will you sin against innocent blood, to kill David without a cause?” —I Samuel 19:4-5 (NKJV)
Your secrets and confessions—that you normally couldn’t tell to one soul—are safe (and part of being) with a covenant friend. Can’t always say that when it comes to modern-day friendship.
“And as for the matter which you and I have spoken of, indeed the Lord be between you and me forever.” —1 Samuel 20:23 (NKJV)
“Only Jonathan and David knew of the matter.” —1 Samuel 20:39 (NKJV)
There’s no real comparison between modern-day friendship and covenant friendship. A covenant friend:
1) offers an unshakable oath even unto death,
2) makes genuine sacrifices for the bond,
3) protects and defends your innocence and anointing,
4) is like an impenetrable safe when it comes to your secrets and confessions, and
5) in this video, I talk more about the 5th characteristic—divinely connected by God.
“…the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David…” —I Samuel 18:1 (NKJV)