A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17
Dear Jesus—my greatest Friend in every time and every way—it is so easy to want good friends and to enjoy the blessings of good friends, but I confess it is not always so easy to be a good and faithful friend. Selfishness creeps into my behavior. At times my actions in a friendship are done for my advantage without much thought or concern for my friend. Often my friendships are overly concerned with earthly matters and I neglect to look out for others’ spiritual well-being or even to pray for them. Forgive my failures in friendships and lack of love for others. Fill me with joy in Your salvation and grace, and move me to demonstrate similar love to my friends. To that end, bless us in worship today. Amen.
David was on the run, fleeing from an angry King Saul who wanted to kill David out of jealousy. Saul’s son, Jonathan, was David’s dear friend. This reading provides the preceding context to today’s sermon text.
Paul met with the Ephesian congregation’s elders for what would be the last time. What is the substance of your conversation at a time like that? As friends who were also fellow children of God and co-workers in God’s kingdom, the focus of the congregation was spiritual well-being, the saving truth of God’s Word, and how that Word would continue to protect and preserve souls even when besieged by God’s enemies.