Brotherhood Continued Part III

Posted: 2012 03 01 by Chris Goforth in Authentic Man, Biblical manhood, Challenge, manhood, masculine, masculinity, Relationship

I’ve been talking about the significance and impact of brotherhood in our lives.  Today’s focus is on David and Jonathan.  We know that David took down Goliath and Jonathan was the son of Saul who was the King.  In 1 Samuel 18:1 it refers to Jonathan becoming one in spirit with David and then in verse 3 Jonathan makes a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.  Jonathan took off his rove he was wearing and give it to David along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.

The story is something out a Jerry Springer show.  Jonathan and David are like brothers.  Jonathan’s father Saul is angry and jealous of David. He attempts to get David to marry on of his daughters and is turned down, he later offers David his other daughter Michal, who actually loves David.  In order to marry her Saul requests 100 Philistine’s foreskins, which David provides.  As the story continues to unfold Saul is set on destroying David, but because of the love Jonathan has for his friend he warns him of his father’s plans, even making a pact with his own father so that David will have no harm come to him.   In Samuel 20:4 Jonathan tells David “Whatever you want me to do, I’ll do for you.

This story as it unfolds is certainly like nothing I have ever experienced in regards to brotherhood I have experienced.  I’ve never had a friend’s father seek to kill me, or was jealous of me.  However at the core of this story you find Jonathan and David and the brotherhood they have.  Jonathan is willing to do whatever he can to save his friend’s life.  Despite being put in an awkward position he’s willing to do whatever it takes to save his friend’s life.  His loyalty and friendship remain intact no matter what happens.

Are their men in our lives like this today?  Are we willing to do whatever it takes for a brother?  How deep does our loyalty run?  Are we willing to sacrifice and give up so we can save another man’s life?  At what cost will it take for you to let go and give up on your brother?

In our life today there is so many things vying for our attention – work, family, neighbors and hobbies.  Our time is often divided up in more ways than we want.  Where does that leave room for brotherhood?  It is a necessity that we have other men in our lives.  We need them to be there to do life with.  To encourage, to prod, to challenge and most of all walk through life with us.

We need brothers to be as committed as Jonathan and David were to each other.  That kind of brotherhood is rare.  I have a few brothers whom I have known since I first got married that are committed to walking through life with me for the long haul.  Other brothers have come in and out of my life for periods of time and don’t get me wrong, that time I spent with them was sweet and I benefited from it greatly. More than anything I want another brother in my life that will go the distance and be just as committed.

If you don’t have anyone in your life like this, my suggestion is to begin by praying and asking God to bring someone into your life like that.  Begin looking around you and seeing if there is someone already there.  Don’t be surprised at who God brings into your life.  It may be just the brother you need.

Is it the same for you?  Do you have someone like this in your life or are you still looking?

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