1 Samuel 18:1-4 – FRIENDS

The expression “Birds of a feather flock together.” is true in a negative sense. Those who are less than honorable seem to find each other and hang out together. However this expression is also true in a good sense.

Honorable people manage to find honorable friends.

(You might want to quote several passages from proverbs about friends.)

After the death of Goliath two men of God formed a fast friendship.

The older of the two men, Jonathan is really spotlighted as responsible for this great friendship between he and David. There are four qualities of friendship that I want us to see that were true of Jonathan and David.

1. THEY WERE SOUL BROTHERS – Vs. 1 – “…the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David…” (This was a binding together of two people.) We are bound together in the same body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13

John 17:20-21

2. THEY WERE SOUL LOVERS – Vs. 2 – “…and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” (John 13:34-35, 1 Corinthians 13)

3. THEY WERE SOUL SUPPORTERS – Vs. 3 – “Then Jonathan and David made a covenant…” (This was a commitment to bear the burdens of the other. Jonathan protected David from Saul. He also encouraged him in 1 Samuel 23:16. See Galatians 6:2)

4. THEY WERE SOUL SHARERS – Vs. 4 – Jonathan gave of what he had to David. As Christians we are to be ready to share in the needs of other Christians. Also, we are to share more than money. We can share our time, our talents, our emotions, and our help.