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A True Friend

by Gaby Fernandez

I met Elaine this school year. In just a short period of time, she has become a good friend. During this year, we’ve both learned about what it means to be loyal. For us, it mainly meant being there for each other in both stressful as well as happy times.

However, while preparing a sermon, I discovered that the true meaning of loyalty is more than simply being there for one another. To be loyal means to be faithful to a person, ideal, cause or responsibility. And that translates into keeping my word, staying constant and consistent. Loyalty involves various areas of our everyday life. The very essence of loyalty is staying true—true in word and deed.

The story of Jonathan and David is a great example of loyalty. It demonstrates mutual love and loyalty between two friends. “Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul” (1 Samuel 18:3). Jonathan makes this covenant with his best friend because the love he has for him is deep and one that no one could break. Not even his father, Saul. When Jonathan gave David his armor and weapons, he was showing his loyalty. He was willing to put David’s life and safety above his own. For David, Jonathan was willing to risk everything, including his right to his father’s throne.

The loyalty between David and Jonathan transcended personal needs and priorities. More importantly, their friendship also united them in their service to God.

I pray for the same kind of loyalty between Elaine and me. I pray that we grow in trust and in service to God. Having a friend that loves and honors God is a treasure. Being loyal to one another is important, but it is more important to be loyal to God.

Christ was loyal to us when He died on the cross on our behalf. He was true to His word! 1 Corinthians 1:9 says, “God is faithful.” God’s Word declares His loyalty to all humanity.

It’s my prayer that God finds each of us loyal in His sight.


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The Camaraderie of a Team

Now these are the heads of the mighty men whom David had, who gave him strong support…according to the word of the Lord concerning Israel. 1 Chronicles 11:10

The Camaraderie of a Team

The mighty men had an impressive repertoire of skills. They were a fierce and powerful lot with a reputation for getting the job done. First Chronicles eleven presents beguiling tales of bravery and massive force. What support these men provided for David! God knew that David was going to go through some rough years and He surrounded him with a team.

Although I do not play team sports, I too have team camaraderie. God has blessed me with wonderful friends. I think back to the difficult times in my life. Every single occasion includes an encouraging friend. These friends provided meaningful support when I needed it the most. I hope that I have offered them the same support.

The friendships we develop here on earth are significant. God wants us to have rapport with others. As believers, we are on His team. Instead of swords and arrows, we wield love and encouragement. Take stock of your team today and share Jesus with your comrades.

By: Tonya Mechling