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Friendship Matters (3 of 19)
I Samuel 18-21
I'm calling this series on the life and times of David, Your Heart Matters." Your heart DOES matter. Your spiritual heart, that is. Also there are matters of the heart which we learn from the life of David. David was known as a man after God's own heart. That means that he was sensitive to the Lord. He was responsive to the Lord. He was seeking to follow the direction and guidance of the Lord. In matters of the heart there are many, many components and many, many areas. This particular study tonight has to do with friendship matters.
I want to talk to you about the importance of friends. The Lord has indeed blessed you if you have some godly friends. If you have one or two friends you are indeed a rich person. Friends make us better people. In Proverbs 27:17 it says, "Iron sharpeneth iron, so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend." A friend is someone who will lift you up and make you a better person, not someone who will drag you down.
Ben Franklin said, "Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing a friend."
Someone else wrote this: "I love you not only for what you are, but what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you are making yourself, but what you are making me." A friend is someone who will make you a better person. It is someone who will draw you closer to the Lord. Friendship is really a matter of the soul.
Jonathan and David are perhaps the loveliest picture in all of the Bible of the importance of friends. Jonathan, the son of King Saul, the heir apparent, befriended this young man David, the shepherd boy who was destined to become the king and take the place that had been his by right of inheritance. Yet, Jonathan extends a wonderful love and an wonderful friendship to this young man David.
In I Samuel 18, 19 and 20, we will see this friendship of Jonathan and avid as it moves in and out of these verse ...
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