Everybody needs a Jonathan
Pastor Wayne Cordeiro
"Jonathan, David's uncle ... was a counselor; Jehiel tutored the king's sons. Ahithophel was counselor to the king; and Hushai the Archite was the king's friend" (1 Chron. 27:32-33).
"These were his officials: Azariah was the priest; Elihoreph and Ahijah, were secretaries; Jehoshaphat was the recorder...and Zabud the son of Nathan, was the king's friend" (1 Kings 4:2-3,5).
THREE FRIENDS TO FIND
Everybody needs a JONATHAN
"... the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself ... and Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, including his sword, bow and belt" (1 Sam 18:1,4).
Everybody needs a HUSHAI.
Everybody needs a NATHAN.
"Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy" (Prov. 27:6).
To win friends, first BE ONE.
"A man that has friends must show himself friendly" (Prov. 18:24).
TWO FRIENDS TO LOSE
One friend to keep: JESUS
"Do not associate with a man given to anger or go with a hot tempered man lest you learn his ways and find a snare for yourself" (Prov. 22:24-25).
- GOSSIPY friends.
"He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, therefore do not associate with a gossip" (Prov. 20:19).
"No longer do I call you slaves ... but I call you friends. You did not choose Me, but I chose you" (John 15:15-16)