Jonathan and David had a friendship that was bonded in love. They didn’t just see each other as friends, they treated each other as if they were brothers. They were so close with each other the Bible records that they “knit with the soul” which means that they were in one accord. They loved each other like brothers. This friendship continued until Jonathan’s tragic death. David was so moved by Jonathan’s death, he pledged to take care of anyone who was part of Jonathan’s family. When David discovered that Jonathan had a son who was born with a disability, he took him in and treated him like royalty. He remained loyal to the promise that he made.
This is one of the examples of the way a godly friendship should be. Friendships should be rooted in love. It helps to have godly friends because when the two of you walk in one accord, you’ll be doing so with Jesus at the centre of your friendship.
It is sad to see that friendships have a completely different meaning nowadays. People tend to become friends for all the wrong reasons. Some use friendship as a way of getting things that they couldn’t get on their own.
There are several friendships where loyalty is non-existent. This is not the plan God had when it came to companionship. Our friendships should reflect the love of God in them. When people take a look at you and your friends, they should see the bond of unity – not a heap of distrust. It will be hard for you to minister effectively if people notice that all of your friendships are founded in dishonesty.
Follow the example of Jonathan and David and love each other as if you are family. If you know that there are friendships in your life that do not glorify God because they are based on the wrong things, you need to walk away. It will help you and it will help the other person too.