by Andrew McQuitty

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E. Andrew McQuitty

The famous children's book Charlotte's Web tells the story of how a spider named Charlotte saved the bacon of a pig named Wilbur by spinning messages in her web that made Wilbur famous. She wrote some pig and the terrific and then humble and then radiant. As a result, the media caught wind of it, made Wilbur a celebrity, and he avoided becoming a rump roast! At the end of the story, Wilbur is saying his thank-yous to Charlotte. I'm not good at making speeches. I haven't got your gift for words. But you saved me, Charlotte, and I would gladly give my life for you--I really would!

This quaint little story touches a cord in most of us because it reveal the sacrificial quality of true friendship. It's something America yearns for. That's why David Smith's book The Friendless American Male was a bestseller years ago. That's the explanation for the rash of friendship movies from "Lethal Weapon to Thelma and Louise making it so big. People are hungry for real friends that go the distance. As Eccl. 4.10 says, If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Many people today know the painful loneliness of having no truly best friends".

This morning, I want us to look at the characteristics of a truly best friend, one who like Proverbs 18.24 says sticks closer than a brother. We'll see these modeled in one of the most famous friendships of history, that of Jonathan and David. For all here who long for such a friend, this sermon is for you. . .

I. The Best of Friends is a friend who. . .

A. Gives to you
Scripture: 18.1-4. The beginning of Jonathan and David's legendary friendship was only moments after David defeated Goliath. David is standing before King Saul, still holding the gruesome trophy of Goliath's severed head in his hand, when the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David."

The Hebrew word for knit here literally means ...

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