Presentation on theme: "Knitting Our Souls Together in Love 1 Samuel 17:55 - 18:1."— Presentation transcript:
Knitting Our Souls Together in Love 1 Samuel 17:55 - 18:1
Comradeship Built from Common Cause Jonathan & David shared the same cause David had gone forth to battle & defeat Goliath Jonathan had also battled Philistines (1 Sam. 14) Self-interest may have caused slander & hostility But their souls were knit together in love: Why? Devotion to same cause brings unity of spirit “…that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one soul striving for the faith of the gospel; and in nothing affrighted by the adversaries…” Sunathleo = Strive together, as on the same team
Value of Such Friendship “He that maketh many friends doeth it to his own destruction; But there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother” (Prov. 18:24). “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him that is alone when he falleth, and hath not another to lift him up” (Eccl. 4:9-10).
Nature of Friends Is Important Not good to have friends of the wrong kind Prov. 25:19Have no confidence in unfaithful man Prov. 22:24Make no friends with one given to wrath Good to have friends of the right kind Prov. 17:17Faithful friend remains true in adversity Prov. 27:6True friend will oppose us when needed Prov. 27:17Takes iron to sharpen; velvet will not do Principles of friendship learned from book of Job Job 19:14So-called friends forsook him in trouble Job 42:10God blessed Job “when” he prayed for them Friend gives self & urges obedience (Jn. 15:13-14)
Comradeship in the Gospel John’s love for Gaius in the truth (3 Jn. 1-4, 8) Had confidence that he loved & lived according to truth Viewed one another as “fellow-workers for the truth” Paul’s love & respect for Timothy (Phil. 2:19-22) Born of fact that each was selfless & solely focused on good of the cause of Christ Service was result of respect for work in kingdom “Served with me in furtherance of the gospel” Later urged Timothy to continue in same (2 Tim. 1:8, 13) Selfish desire will destroy comradeship in cause of Christ Without common cause, no such comradeship exists
Learning Comradeship from Jonathan & David 1 Sam. 18:1Souls of each were “knit” together 1 Sam. 19:1Jonathan delighted much in David 1 Sam. 19:4-5Defended David when innocent 1 Sam. 20:4Servant’s heart = do as he desires 1 Sam. 20:17Loved him as he loved his own soul 1 Sam. 20:42God was between them & future seed 1 Sam. 23:16Strengthened hands “in God” 2 Sam. 1:26fDavid comments at Jonathan’s death Elements that knit them together will knit us as well