Blessings, honour and glory to the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. My brothers and sisters in the Lord greetings to you on this a new month. As the year comes to a close I pray God that the remaining time will be spent reflecting on the time that God has given us. I trust that you are enjoying the word from the book of Samuel and you will find something for you to feed upon. Let me thank His Eminence Sir Eric for the wonderful messages during the month of September. The readership has increased significantly on our Facebook group and page. Thank the Lord for this avenue to spread the Gospel. So I continue the story of David and Jonathan.
Much can be learned from the friendship of Jonathan and David. They were both princes of Israel, one by birth, the other by marriage. They were both in line to assume the throne of Israel. Both were mighty men of valor and were respected and trusted by the men they led in battle. Each had accomplished great feats, relying on God for victory. They were zealous, driven, resourceful, courageous, bold, meek, humble and so much more. They knew and respected government, wielded authority, and served those under and over them. They were loyal to one another and to their king. Yes, and how about you this morning? Where is your loyalty and to whom? Truly we need to re-examine ourselves in light of the word of God and position ourselves for seat God has in store for us.
They could have been enemies and rivals, yet they set aside jealousy, resentment, bitterness, competition and lust for power, choosing instead to become the closest of friends. This is what God requires of us in this hour. They knew how and when to laugh, cry, show their emotions, share hopes and dreams together, thereby cementing their friendship forever. They were real men, who understood what it meant to lay down their lives for one another. So great was their friendship that at one of their partings, “they wept together, but David more so” I Samuel 20:41, N K J V.
How rare this kind of friendship is in the world today! It is so hard for two people to be friends, moreso for two men (Christian brothers) without some negatives said about the relationship. But who were Jonathan and David? It is time that we look at the relationship and friendship and learn a thing or two before we shoot from our mouths. In my opinion what can you accomplish from such friendship. Many times there are bonds that are cemented for life. Because the friendship is built on trust and love. Those are two central pillars in any relationship.
Yet you can have this kind of friendship with God and Christ. Recall Christ’s words to His disciples: “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends, if you do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what his lord does: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of My Father I have made known unto you” John 15:13-15. Are we going to accept the word and move to the next level, or stay in our old ways and try to destroy the reputation of others?
The record of David and Jonathan’s friendship has been preserved in the Bible for our benefit. It pictures the close relationship between God the Father and Jesus Christ. They desire that same close, personal relationship with every human being. Jonathan and David’s friendship is a lasting legacy. When David sees Jonathan come up in the resurrection, it will be just like the last day they saw each other, and they will continue to enjoy a friendship that will last for eternity. Isn’t this something that you desire for yourself?
You can develop that kind of friendship with God and Christ, and with all others of like mind, who share the same goals, hopes and dreams. This is my hopes and what I would love to accomplish and it can be done. I have few friends that I can relate this message and I thank God for knowing them. They may not be close to me but we have great relationship.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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