Matters of Faith: An Unbreakable Bond!

By Rev. J. Loren Russell, BA, MDiv.

1 Samuel‬ ‭20:17 (CEV)‬‬‬‬‬

“Jonathan thought as much of David as he did of himself, so he asked David to promise once more that he would be a loyal friend.”

Chapters 19, 20 and 21 of 1 Samuel tells the story of a friendship between David and Jonathan. It was an unlikely friendship because David was selected by God to be Israel’s next king, and Jonathan was the son of the reigning king (Saul) and heir apparent to the throne. This is one of the most beautiful stories ever recorded. Their bond of friendship was stronger than a blood relationship. ‬‬‬

Their bond of friendship was bound together like the weave you find in fabric. If you separate the weave, you ruin the entire cloth. David and Jonathan had a bond of friendship that made them one with each other. Whatever effected one, effected the other. Their unbreakable bond of friendship could not be destroyed by anything, not even death itself.
When I think of this kind of friendship, I am reminded of something Jesus said in John 15:13-15, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” Did you see it? A bond of friendship like this would lay down their life for their friend.

How many unbreakable bonds a person decides to have will depend on how much love one decides to give. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said “In a real sense, we are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.” It is possible to spread that bond far and wide if we love one another.

Unbreakable bonds cannot be broken. Although they are not caste in cement or etched in stone, they are molded in love, made by a commitment spoken with the tongue and forged in the heart that not even death can dissolve. The essence of the bond is love, and Jesus is the source of that love. In fact, He summed it up best when He said; “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John‬ ‭13:35‬ ‭KJV‬‬).

My question to you is, “To how many people will you reveal your discipleship, and how many will you develop an unbreakable bond with in 2018?”

Be Blessed +++

Rev. J. Loren Russell is an associate minister at both Goodwill and The Greater Universal Baptist Churches in the Bronx, President/CEO of The JLR Company for Church Financial & Strategic Consulting, and hosts “Matters of Faith – The Radio Show” on Soul 1 Radio, Mondays 8:00 – 10:00 PM. Listen by phone at 626-226-1448. Be sure to Friend “Matters of Faith” on Facebook and email us at mattersoffaith.mof@gmail.com. Order your copy of Matters of Faith: The Book at Book Blues.

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