What does true friendship look like? Some would say that it is doing unto others as you would have them to do unto you.
Another way of saying that is to treat people the way you would want to be treated.
I think that David and Jonathan, the son of King Saul, had their own interpretation as revealed in 1 Samuel 18:1 which reads,
"When David had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was bound to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul."
When we think of loving someone as your own soul, we must have eternity in mind.
Jonathan had eternity in mind for himself and he wanted his relationship with David to be one that would go beyond the ups and downs that we face in life.
We have some who talk about being "ride or die friends" meaning they will go anywhere for you and would even die for you.
The value of life is emphasized in these statements as we only have one life to live...on this side of glory.
But, what if we treated others as if this side of glory was only a preview to the other side of glory?
What if we desired not to have friendship on just this side of glory but what wanted to see it go to the other side as well?
Jonathan saw David as an eternal not a temporal friend and wanted more than his good company. He wanted to see David prosper, not just for man but for God.
Do you look at your friends that way?
If you value your immortal soul, do you value the immortal souls of your family, friends, coworkers, classmates and acquaintances the same way?
If you want to be a true friend, perhaps you should consider doing so.
We all need at least one true friend.
Tonight, we continue our journey in Job at Bible Study. Do not find an excuse to not be there. Determine and press your way to be there.
See you tonight and bring somebody with you.