“Now it came about when he had finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself.” (1 Sam 18:1)
In his commentary on the life of David, Chuck Swindoll referred to the friendship between Jonathan and David as one of “kindred spirits.” Such relationships are incredibly rare, and we’re fortunate if we have one or two throughout our lifetime.
As Swindoll points out, kindred friendships are marked by four endearing characteristics – all of which are seen in David and Jonathan. First, a kindred friend is willing to sacrifice on behalf of the other. This was readily apparent as Jonathon was willing to hand over his right to be the next king of Israel in deference to David.
Next, a kindred friend is a loyal defense before others. In other words, a kindred is not a fair weather friend; they go to bat for you. We see this in 1 Samuel 19 as Jonathon defends David to Saul who is threatening to have David killed.
Kindred friends also give each other the complete freedom to be themselves. We see this as the friends are forced to part ways and they openly weep with one another with no shame. Swindoll put it this way, “When your heart is broken, you can bleed all over a friend like this and they will understand.”
Lastly, a kindred friend is a constant source of encouragement – they continue to believe in you – even when you have given up on yourself.
Kindred friends – they’re worth finding, and worth keeping! –Dave
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