The friendship between Jonathan and David is one of the most inspiring friendships in the Bible. What specifically intrigues me is the way that Jonathan loved David despite the threat that David posed to him. As the king's son, Jonathan was next in line for the throne. David, the only thing standing between him and his seat of power, should have been seen as an enemy to Jonathan, but the incredible thing is that he cared more about his friend than he did about power and position. I believe that Jonathan understood God's appointment of David and therefore resolved not to get in the way of what God was doing in Israel. He could have fought to keep his power, but he willingly gave it up because his friendship with David and his friendship with God was worth more to him than a few moments of fame and glory. And after all, shouldn't true friends be able to rejoice with each other in such circumstances?
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.