1 Samuel 18:1-18
In the first three verses we read that Jonathan loved David as his own soul. There is nothing greater in this life than for one Christian to know the deep love of another. What an example these two men are to us this morning. They had a fervent love for each other. When Jonathan died, David said, “I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.” II Sam.1:26. “My Morning Manna” by Ed Nelson
Today we want to look at THREE CHARACTER TRAITS of Jonathan that made him a great man.
HE WAS FIRST OF ALL A CONSIDERATE MAN.
Some people might think that it is a weakness to show humility and consideration to another man. That is far from the truth.
The truth of the matter is that one of the strongest traits of manliness is the love he has for other men. A real man is one who knows how to show God’s love to others. This is not being a sissy, but strong and Christlikeness. For two men to walk together they must walk in agreement.
Amos 3:3, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”
Jonathan was a man just like David. He was as skilled with the bow as David was with the sling.
JONATHAN WAS A CARING AND COMPASIONATE MAN.
Not only did he show compassion for David. Jonathan was a compassionate man to all his fellow men. It may not seem like it but he showed much compassion for his father, though he was trying to kill his friend David.
Jonathan manifested real Bible character with his compassion for David. He was willing to forsake his father to take the stand for what was right in being loyal to his friend David 1 Samuel 20:1-4, 9-17.
JONATHAN WAS A COMPLIANT MAN – THAT IS, HE WAS SUBMISSIVE.
He understood the fact that David was going to be the king. He gave David his robe, his garments, his sword, his bow and his girdle. These were the items that identified him as a prince and a military leader. He was willing to give them to David, thereby saying that he was surrendering all of his rights so that David could be used of God. That is exactly what we must do for God – surrender all our rights to Him. “My Morning Manna” by Ed Nelson
In these troubling days, we need men who love: Men who are CONSIDERATE, MEN WHO ARE CARING AND COMPASSIONATE and MEN WHO ARE COMPLIANT OR MEN WHO ARE SUBMISSIVE.
Jonathan kept his covenant and so did David. In later chapters we will meet Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan. David showed him kindness for Jonathan’s sake.
Praise the Lord. God shows us kindness for Jesus’ sake.