There’s something cool about friendships. Buzz and Woody, Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, Mario and Luigi, The Three Stooges, and we can’t forget about Batman and Robin! Friendships play an important role in our lives by filling the voids where family cannot, giving us people to create lifelong memories with, and provide the opportunities to do the things we love with other people. Friendship was created to connect us with others on a deep level, an interpersonal bond, that makes life fun!
In David’s life, his friendship with Jonathan is apparent and inspiring. The Bible notes that Jonathan loved David as a friend as much as he loved himself. In other words, Jonathan would willingly share his lunch, his clothes, his time, even his own life for the sake of David’s. And that’s what good friends do! Good friendships like what David and Jonathan had are hard to come by. Friendships like this are developed, they don’t just happen overnight. In order to have good friends, we need to be a good friend.
I’ve had good friendships and I’ve had flaky friendships. I’ve had deep friendships that have only lasted a few months and others that have withstood years. If we want to keep a friendship going, as is the key in any functioning relationship, we have to love the other person as much as we love ourselves. That was the key to why David and Jonathan’s friendship lasted as long as it did and was at such a deep quality. Friendship isn’t something that should be thrown away or handled loosely, unless that person is brining us down and they’re unwilling to change. In order to keep our friendships growing we need to be trustworthy, dependable, honest, and caring. If you have a friendship that is going great, keep up the work of investing in that relationship! If there’s a friendship that’s struggling, take the effort today to reach out to the person and make that friendship grow. If you have a friend that is bringing you down from the potential and calling you have on your life, it may be time to separate yourself from them and develop better friendships. As the Bible says, “Iron sharpens Iron.” Having a good friend is priceless - do what you can to keep yours today!