What can you and I learn from this event in the life of David and Mephibosheth? I hope a lot.
For one thing, friendship can extend to the generations to come because of the friendship of parents or grandparents.
Many times friendships are based upon common experiences people have and times spent together.
Job is quoted to have said in Job 6:14,“Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
Kindness is a special characteristic of the children of God, we do not have the “right” to withhold it.
Proverbs 12:26 “The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.”
God tells us that some friends do you harm rather than good. Be careful who you choose to be friends with.
David’s son, Solomon, shared this special proverb about friendship, Proverbs 17:17
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”
Maybe David told Solomon of the special bond of friendship that he and Jonathan had and therefore God led Solomon to write this very precious proverb, for surely the friendship of those two were born in adversity.
One can make friends with those who are not Christians and they can be significant friendships but when you have a Christian friend you can know that because of that common bond of Christ and the relationship you have with the Son of God, both can trust the other to follow through with commitments made with each other because of Christ.
Christian friendships last for eternity!
Are you a kind person?