A True Friend

1 Samuel 23:14-18

What a friend Jonathan was! No pettiness, no envy, no jealousy. Remember, as Saul’s son, Jonathan would have been the heir apparent. He might have wanted the praise of the people, yet here was this kid from the hills of Bethlehem garnering all of it. Still, Jonathan stood in defense of his friend against his own father, who was ready to take David’s life. This is what we might call theology at its most basic level. This is putting shoe leather to your belief, to your faith. He stood in his defense because he was his friend. Here we are again—back to their great friendship.

Friends give each other complete freedom to be themselves. When you’ve got a friend that close, that knitted to your own soul, you don’t have to explain why you do what you do. You just do it, and your friend understands.

When your heart is broken, you can bleed all over a friend like this, and he won’t be offended. He won’t confront you in your misery or quote three Bible verses, then tell you to straighten up.

When your good friend is hurting, let him hurt. If she feels like weeping, let her weep. If a good friend needs to complain, listen. An intimate friend doesn’t bail; he’s right there with you. You can be yourself, no matter what that self looks like.

True friends are a constant source of encouragement. “Now David became aware that Saul had come out to seek his life while David was in the wilderness of Ziph at Horesh. And Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David at Horesh, and encouraged him in God” (1 Samuel 23:15–16).

Think of that. There was a hit man after David, and his name was Saul (Jonathan’s father!). David was out in the wilderness, and at any moment, behind any bush or rock or hill, Saul and his men might have been lurking in the shadows, waiting to strike him down. The murderous hatred of Saul haunted David’s life.

And what does the son of this hit man do? He encourages his friend. Wow! That’s the kind of friend to have. He sees David at the lowest moment of his life, frightened, beleaguered, stumbling through the wilderness, and he brings him encouragement. “I understand how that feels. You have every right to have those feelings. There’ll be a brighter day some day, but right now I’m here with you, no matter what.”

Taken from Great Days with the Great Lives by Charles R. Swindoll. Copyright © 2005 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson. www.thomasnelson.com

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Accuracy, clarity, and practicality all describe the Bible-teaching ministry of Charles R. Swindoll. Chuck is the chairman of the board at Insight for Living and the chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary. Chuck also serves as the senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where he is able to do what he loves most—teach the Bible to willing hearts. His focus on practical Bible application has been heard on the Insight for Living radio broadcast since 1979.

ఖచ్చితత్వం, స్పష్టత మరియు ఆచరణాత్మకత అన్నీ చార్లెస్ ఆర్. స్విన్డాల్ యొక్క బైబిల్-బోధనా పరిచర్యను వివరిస్తాయి. చక్ ఇన్సైట్ ఫర్ లివింగ్ కు బోర్డు ఛైర్మన్ మరియు డల్లాస్ థియోలాజికల్ సెమినరీకి ఛాన్సలర్. చక్ టెక్సాస్‌లోని ఫ్రిస్కోలోని స్టోన్‌బ్రయర్ కమ్యూనిటీ చర్చ్ యొక్క సీనియర్ పాస్టర్‌గా కూడా పనిచేస్తున్నారు, అక్కడ ఆయన చాలా ఇష్టపడేదాన్ని చేయగలుగుతున్నాడు-ఇష్టపడే హృదయాలకు బైబిల్ నేర్పిస్తున్నారు. ఆచరణాత్మక బైబిల్ అనువర్తనంపై ఆయన దృష్టి 1979 నుండి ఇన్సైట్ ఫర్ లివింగ్ రేడియో ప్రసారంలో వినబడుచున్నది.