The Strength Of A God-given Friend by Jim Henry

Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #140 & 141, CT#1O6143

THE STRENGTH OF A GOD-GIVEN FRIEND
I Samuel 18

Verse 4:
And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that
was on him and gave it to David, with his armor,
including his sword and his bow and his belt.
This introduces one of the most beautiful friendships in all the Word of
God -- the friendship of David and Jonathan. It is a marvelous picture of the
kind of friends that we should be and look for, and what God's people can offer
to a world that's looking for true friends.
I. THE COMPOSITION OF A GODLY FRIEND
When we look at this picture, I want us to notice three particular points
that I believe will be helpful to us in being a friend and in looking for a
godly friend. First of all, notice in the story of David and Jonathan, the kind
of makeup that goes into a godly friend. If you'll turn over to II Samuel,
chapter 1, verse 19, you'll notice the first characteristic in the composition
of a godly friend.
1. Strength. David is talking about Jonathan who has died in battle and he
expresses himself in poetic form:
Your beauty, 0 Israel, is slain on your high places;
how have the mighty fallen.
David and Jonathan developed a strong friendship and they were both strong
men. "Look how the mighty have fallen." This friendship between two men was
not a feminine-type thing. It was between two mighty, courageous, valorous men.
They were great men of God.
A strong man was Jonathan. A strong man was David. It's a wonderful thing
to find people who are strong and mighty in who they are. Men who know they are
men; women who know they're women and do not apologize for it. Here was a man
who was a mighty man -- a strong man.
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2. Tenderness and sensitivity. The composition of David's relationship with
Jonathan was found in the fact that Jonathan was sensitive and tender. Look at
I Samuel, ch ...


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