Re: Verse reading—Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 1 Samuel 20:1-17, 27-42 (day three) 

“They kissed each other and wept together.”  In a world where sex is the highest and best form of togetherness, nothing else is never good enough, and all other pursuits wither–especially the pursuit of friendship.  We read that “Jonathan loved [David] as his own soul”.  We hear David grieve Jonathan by declaring “Your love to me was more wonderful than the love of women.”  In our day, such things indicate sexual expression–that these men became “more than friends.”  That kind of language cheapens friendship and blinds us to its power.  Jesus taught us that there is no love greater than that of the deepest, most sacrificial friendships.  If Jesus exalted friendship in that way, should we not question what our society has taught us about friendship?

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

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