Jealousy is making Saul insane. He can see the kingdom slipping through his fingers. His son is BFFs with his arch nemesis and his daughter is married the the guy. No one is on his side anymore. I guess this is a kind of destruction that pride goes before.
Can we take a minute to talk about how awesome friendship is? “He loved him as he loved his own soul”! That’s beautiful. I know Car touched on this yesterday, but really think about the friendships in your life. I think they often get the short stick because they’re not marriage. We are less and less inclined to be committed to people these days. That’s a real tragedy. This obviously isn’t the only part of the Bible that talks about friendship, but it’s important enough to slow the story down and spend a few chapters on it.
God’s greatest commandment is to love people. How good am I at that, really? The love He specifies is sacrificial. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13) FRIENDS. I think it’s more common to view your friends as the people you can get away with disrespecting.
I’m about to spend the next 5 days in a car with a friend, and I know exactly how to get under their skin. I’m going to attempt to take this time to instead bless, encourage, sacrifice, etc.
Who do you want to commit to loving better?
PS. I think it’s kind of funny Saul flips out and starts in on Jonathan with “your mom” stuff. There’s nothing new under the sun!