February 9—Friendship
The word for today is friendship.
“After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself” (1 Sam. 18:1).


“While David was at Horesh in the Desert of Ziph, he learned that Saulhad come out to take his life. And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David atHoresh and helped him find strength in God. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ he said. ‘My father Saul will not lay a hand on you. You will be king over Israel, and I will be second to you. Even my father Saul knows this.’ The two of them made a covenant before the Lord. Then Jonathan went home, but David remained at Horesh” (1 Sam. 23:15-18).


“How the mighty have fallen in battle! Jonathan lies slain on your heights. I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother; you were very dear to me. Your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of women” (2 Sam. 1:25-26).


“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” (Prov. 17:17).


“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Prov. 18:24).


“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends, if you do what I command you” (John 15:13, 14).


“But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people willbe my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and thereI will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, ifanything but death separates you and me’” (Ruth 1:16-17).


Prayer: Lord, what a friend we have in Jesus! He became like us so we could be made like Him. What a savior is Jesus!

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