LOYAL

| 7 June 2013 |

LOYAL

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: 1 Samuel 20:1-8

*1 Samuel 20*

New Living Translation (NLT)

*Jonathan Helps David*

*20 *David now fled from Naioth in Ramah and found Jonathan. “What
have I done?” he exclaimed. “What is my crime? How have I offended
your father that he is so determined to kill me?”

*2 *“That’s not true!” Jonathan protested. “You’re not going
to die. He always tells me everything he’s going to do, even the
little things. I know my father wouldn’t hide something like this
from me. It just isn’t so!”

*3 *Then David took an oath before Jonathan and said, “Your father
knows perfectly well about our friendship, so he has said to himself,
‘I won’t tell Jonathan—why should I hurt him?’ But I swear to
you that I am only a step away from death! I swear it by the Lord and
by your own soul!”

*4 *“Tell me what I can do to help you,” Jonathan exclaimed.

*5 *David replied, “Tomorrow we celebrate the new moon festival.
I’ve always eaten with the king on this occasion, but tomorrow
I’ll hide in the field and stay there until the evening of the third
day. *6 *If your father asks where I am, tell him I asked permission
to go home to Bethlehem for an annual family sacrifice. *7 *If he
says, ‘Fine!’ you will know all is well. But if he is angry and
loses his temper, you will know he is determined to kill me.*8 *Show
me this loyalty as my sworn friend—for we made a solemn pact before
the Lord—or kill me yourself if I have sinned against your father.
But please don’t betray me to him!”

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The friendship of David and Jonathan is often referred to when we
speak about good friendship. Their love for each other ran deep, even
though their friendship was complicated by the fact that Jonathan’s
father wanted to kill David. (That would put pressure on a friendship,
I’m sure).

In this part of David’s journey he appeals to Jonathan for something
that is often lacking in our world today: Loyalty. He says to him
“show me this loyalty as my sword friend – for we made a solemn pack
before the Lord”.

Life is not meant to be done alone, in isolation. God has created us
for community and friendship. So many people have been so hurt by
friends along the way that they give up friendship altogether. Often
their reason is the lack of loyalty shown them by their friends.

A CALL TO ACTION

Would your friends consider you loyal? Would they know that regardless
of the situation, they have your love and support? Would they know
that in a difficult situation they could call, and you would be there
for them? These are all issues of loyalty. Today, take time to
evaluate your relationships and answer these questions for yourself,
then begin to work on the areas where you can be a more loyal friend.

A PRAYER TO PRAY

Lord thank you that you are the perfect example of a loyal friend.
Please help me to step up the quality of my friendships by becoming
more loyal to my friends than I am today, so that I can reflect your
loyalty. Amen.

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