“Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family” (Proverbs 18:24 MSG)

True friendship is priceless. In 1 Samuel 18:1-7, the story of David and Jonathan is a portrait of a genuine, loyal, “ride-or-die” friendship. Jonathan’s loyalty, love, and the price he pays to be David’s friend is evidenced in his rescuing David numerous times from King Saul’s jealous rage. At the risk of death and forfeiting his succession to his father’s throne, Jonathan’s friendship with David lasts until death.

Not many of us have a David-Jonathan relationship. What we learn from their relationship; however, is a genuine and close relationship will cost you something. Yet, we all need a true friend. Building true friendships begins with first being friendly. The New King James Version records it like this, “A man who has friends must himself be friendly (Proverbs 18:24a). An intimate friendship requires commitment, communication, transparency, mutual respect, love, and trust – all of which takes time to develop.

Do you desire a close, intimate friendship? There is no greater friend that Jesus Christ. He said, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). He has already paid the price, given His life unto death. Will you ask Him to be your one True Friend?

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