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A. Jonathan and David’s friendship show us the importance of having a Biblical friendship. In 1 Samuel 18:1 it says, “Jonathan became one in Spirit with David” (NIV) and another translation says, “the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David” (ESV). This joining of souls is consistent throughout the Bible to describe friendship. Deuteronomy 13:6 reads, “the friend who is as your own soul.” (KJ) Basically this means they are close friends and their spirits are one. A Biblical friendship also means being self-sacrificing. When Jonathan formed the covenant of friendship with David because he loved him as himself, we see this reflected in the New Testament when Jesus gave the second greatest commandment, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39; Mark 12:31; Luke 10:27).
B. In James 4:7, we are told to submit ourselves to God. Jonathan humbly submitted to God’s will even though it meant he would not be king. Jonathan could have followed his father’s orders and kill David but instead he submitted to God’s will because of his love for God and for David. As Christians, we make the decision daily to submit to God. As it tells us in Romans 8:28-29, God will use our pain and suffering as opportunities to submit to His will. By submitting to Him, we trust in God and learn to accept things that happen because God is with us.
C. Jonathan was an outstanding example of loyalty. Proverbs 21:21 says, “He who pursues righteousness and loyalty finds life, righteousness and honor.” (NASB) In the New International Version, the word loyalty is translated into “love.” Loyalty remains constant in good times and bad. We see this in the story of Ruth and Naomi. As it states is Revelation 2:10, “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.” (NIV)

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