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Gideon was Israel's Judge, a man used by God to rescue the nation from the Midianite people. Still, he was a man with serious character problems. Unlike David, Gideon lacked a "Gospel Friend" who could help him navigate the pathways of his heart.
Each spouse is invited by God into his mission for their partners life, we look at what this means.
Do you really, truly marvel at Jesus? He never met a stranger, He never was too busy, He never skipped a ministry opportunity, He never misdiagnosed the root problem of the one before Him, and He never quit loving people, even to His death. Despite His timely spoken word, not all responded to His words – some were hardened, some confused, some preoccupied, some blinded, some busy, yet some receptive. Nevertheless, we are to go!
Week Three of our David Series. We will be exploring what it means to be a good friend today. We will look at 5 character traits that make up a good friend and land on one point: "As nice as it is to HAVE a Jonathan in our life, its far more rewarding to BE a Jonathan for someone else."
Do we really have friends or people that we are friendly with? What does the bible say about biblical friendship? How do we know if we actually have true friends? These questions are answered by looking at David and Jonathan's unique friendship and Jesus' teaching about divine friendship in John 15.
In contrast to David’s troubled relationship with Saul, his friendship with Jonathan is a picture of loyalty and trust. While David is learning that Saul cannot be trusted, he also finds that Jonathan can. Their friendship lets us know that there are human relationships that can contribute to our growth, our security and our safety. We need faithful friends!
This is the first in a series of lessons in humanity from the life of David. In this sermon, we recognize David's relationship with Jonathon as a type of our relationship with Christ; always receiving with nothing to give in return except to pay it forward.
A Few Insights on Marriage & Friendship
For each of you graduates, a whole new world beckons for your attention and life will never ever be quite the same. Dressing for success, putting the extra time in, making positive first impressions, and communicating well will become the expected norm. You graduates will have numerous opportunities to test your wings, experiment in new surroundings, discover what really excites you and yes, experience loneliness and failure. But graduate, as a believer in an unbelieving world, how will you and how should you respond? Many will be the questions from the world around you. Sufficient will be the answers from the Word of God dwelling in you!
On the surface, Solomon simply provides some sage advice about honey that one may happen upon unexpectedly. If you eat too much of it all at once, you'll get sick. So, enjoy your honey, but know your limits. Of course, by Solomon's time, honey had become a stock image for anything that was good and pleasurable. Thus, we might rephrase this proverb, as follows: The pleasures of this life should be enjoyed in moderation, because too much of a good pleasure leads to bad consequences. This principle is applied elsewhere in Scripture with respect to other good gifts from the Lord, including friendship, wine and food, work and wealth, family, and sleep. Yet, we must be careful to recognize that this proverbs is not teaching, "Everything in moderation." Indeed, the Scriptures point to some things (e.g. sin) that should be avoided altogether, while other things (e.g. loving the Lord and others) that should be done in excess. However, with respect to the pleasures of this life, the exhortation of this proverb is clear. Keep pleasures in their place. Enjoy them, but don't overindulge or overpursue. Instead, we find elsewhere in Scripture, that we must keep the Lord and His Kingdom as the main thing. When we do that, we will enjoy the pleasures of this life as they were meant to be enjoyed. We will even find that the pleasures of this life can become arenas and vehicles for carrying out the mission to which we are called.