Tuesday, October 28, 2008


"Then David fled from Naioth at Ramah and went to Jonathan…"
1 Samuel 20:1

Why did David leave?

Remember, Saul is trying to kill him and David is with Samuel the prophet, 3 posses sent to arrest David are stopped by the Spirit of God, even Saul can't touch
him, he can't even get up off the ground! He is safe, why leave?

The only reason that makes any sense is that he misses his dear friend Jonathan.

Ever had a friendship like that?

You would risk safety, comfort, everything for them?

This past week I taught three times on three different passages, but really it was on the same subject – the love we should have for God and our brother/sister in Christ – about being devoted.

I think that the love we must have for our brother or sister in Christ in sorely missing and misunderstood in the church today.

Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him. 1 John 2:9-11

Jesus commanded we "Love each other as I have loved you" (John 15:12). Jesus lived out this command and as disciples we are to follow his example. Love becomes the lens through which we should view all of our relationships.

Do you see this love being displayed around you?

What are you doing to make it so?

There is a promise in there for you if you do, did you notice it? The promise says "there
is nothing in you to make you stumble", wow, what a promise!

There is also a warning! If you don't love your brother or sister in Christ you will wander aimlessly in the dark.

I think David and Jonathan found that kind of love, that's why he would leave.

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