Friday, November 20th, 2009
"A true companion is loving all the time." (Proverbs 17:17)
God expects us to be trustworthy friends. King Saul’s son Jonathan befriended David. When Jonathan heard that David had killed Goliath, “Jonathan’s very soul became bound up with the soul of David, and Jonathan began to love him as his own soul.” (1 Samuel 18:1, 3) Jonathan even warned David when Saul wanted to kill him. After David fled, Jonathan met him and made a covenant with him. Speaking to Saul about David almost cost Jonathan his life, but the two friends met again and renewed their bond of friendship. (1 Samuel 20:24-41; 23:16-18) Jonathan died in battle against the Philistines. (1 Samuel 31:6) In a dirge, David sang: “I am distressed over you, my brother Jonathan, very pleasant you were to me. More wonderful was your love to me than the love from women.” (2 Samuel 1:26) This love was affection between friends and had no sexual overtones. David and Jonathan were true friends.
(Watchtower issue: 02/15/08, 2:7, 8)
The description of the 'threefold cord' in Ecclesiastes reminds me of the close relationship between Jonathan and David. When you read about their lives, and the support and encouragement they provided each other during difficult times...you can see evidence of a friendship that was hinged on something much stronger than just mutual respect and admiration for one another. The glue that really cemented their friendship into such an unbreakable bond, was their mutual love for Jehovah and for righteousness.
"Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their hard work. For if one of them should fall, the other one can raise his partner up. But how will it be with just the one who falls when there is not another to raise him up? And if somebody could overpower one alone, two together could make a stand against him. And a threefold cord cannot quickly be torn in two." (Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10, 12)