And Jonathan said unto David, O LORD God of Israel, when I have sounded my father about to morrow any time, or the third day, and, behold, if there be good toward David, and I then send not unto thee, and shew it thee; The LORD do so and much more to Jonathan: but if it please my father to do thee evil, then I will shew it thee, and send thee away, that thou mayest go in peace: and the LORD be with thee, as He hath been with my father. And thou shalt not only while yet I live shew me the kindness of the LORD, that I die not: But also thou shalt not cut off thy kindness from my house for ever: no, not when the LORD hath cut off the enemies of David every one from the face of the earth. So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, Let the LORD even require it at the hand of David's enemies. (1 Sam. 20:12-16)
Despite knowing that the LORD had given the kingdom to David, Jonathan was loyal to his friend, even in the face of the anger of Saul. Jonathan determined to find out his father’s intentions toward David and to get the word to David. David promised to show kindness to Jonathan and his family even during his struggle with Saul. Both demonstrated that their friendship went beyond political and family ties and they agreed together before the LORD to their loyalty and fidelity one to the other.
Christians are to stand one with another against the enemies of our LORD. We have been given our marching orders and the armor of God that we might stand strong in the strength of the LORD, but we also need to lift one another up as we fight the battles we face in the service of the LORD. Our battles are not against flesh and blood, but the forces of darkness which deceive and discourage those who are swayed by their influence. The lost who are not in Christ by faith in Him and His finished and perfect work on the Cross of Calvary are not born again through repentance and the Spirit of God and so are not led by God. Those of us who are His must remain faithful to the Lord and to one another, submitting ourselves one to another as we do the work God has called us to do in the Kingdom. We are to reach the lost with the Good News of Jesus Christ, teach the nations all that He has commanded, and preach the Word of God in season and out, as loyal, faithful, and committed soldiers of Christ and friends with God until He is done with us.
Until the Day when He comes for His own, God has sent those of us who are His saints and know Him out into this world to reach the lost that they might be saved from sin. He desires that His people strive to be holy and obedient unto Him that we might minister to those around us who are hurting and in need as He provides. We serve others, equipped with the Word of reconciliation and righteousness, rightly divided and fitly spoken, that they may see Christ in us, the hope of Glory. Our God has commanded us to love one another with an unfeigned love, even as He first loved us, and to disciple one another in the Word of God so that we may all grow in grace and in the Knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Our Lord has commissioned those who are His with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to go where He sends us in the power of the Holy Spirit. As we go, we are to proclaim the Good News of forgiveness through repentance and reconciliation with the Father through faith in His Son, that those who believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah of God might have life in His Name.
God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and the knowledge of the Truth. Jesus loves you and wants to establish a covenant relationship with you that is real and personal. Surrender to Him on His terms and He will give you a brand new life of discipleship and fellowship with Him that is abundant and everlasting. God calls you to faith in Christ and His finished and perfect work on the Cross of Calvary to pay your sIn debt. He has provided the only way of reconciliation with God, forgiveness from God, and Salvation through Jesus Christ, the Son of God who is God the Son, to give you a new life in Christ. Turn away from yourself and your sIn and turn to Him alone for eternal Life, now and always.