When Friendships Become Covenant
Scripture: 2 Samuel 9
The relationship between David and Jonathan was like no other. The bible tells us in 1 Samuel 18 that their souls were knitted together. Their friendship was so powerful that Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth, reaped the benefits after his death. David sought to bless anyone in Saul’s family for Jonathan’s sake.
My definition of covenant friendship is a lifelong friendship with benefits that don’t die when you do. There are no stipulations.
David restored all the land Saul had to Mephibosheth, allowed him to live with him at the palace and gave him a seat at the king’s table. He also commanded Saul’s servant, Ziba, to farm the land and produce food for Mephibosheth and his family. David didn’t allow the fact that Mephibosheth was lame to stop him from blessing him in honor of his friendship with his father.
Mephibosheth went from a hidden, lame man to one of honor and riches. He went from a nobody to a somebody because of the covenant friendship between Jonathan and David. God had positioned him to reap the benefits and favor his father earned when he was living.
We often take friendships for granted and don’t truly cherish the people we say we love. We forget that people don’t last forever and tomorrow is not promised. Will your children reap the benefits of your current friendships if you die tomorrow?
- Examine your current and past friendships. What benefits are you receiving and giving?
- Are you willing to bless the children from your friendships without giving it a second thought even after they are gone?
- Who is in your covenant friendship circle?
Father, in the mighty name of Jesus, I first repent because I have not cherished the gift of friendship like I should have or should be doing right now. I thank You for Your word is showing and revealing to me a more perfect way. Give me a clear understanding on what a covenant friendship is and how to treat it. Holy Spirit, help me to recognize those that You have already placed in my life so that I will not take them for granted. I decree that my children shall reap the benefits of my covenant friendships. In Jesus’ name, amen!
By: Elder Chantea M. Williams
Chantea M. Williams is a chef, author, speaker and mentor, who loves encouraging teen mothers and women to become greater through the word of God. Through her gifts God created the Greater Working Women Ministries. They strive to encourage, empower and equip women from all walks of life to live out their God-given purpose with holy boldness. Philippians 1:6 is the vision verse for everything they do. She was recently ordained as an Elder at Greater Mt. Zion Church in Columbus, MS. Check out her newly released book series for teen moms called I Am Still Somebody™. She has also written The Greater Working Woman Devotional, Volume I & The Greater Working Woman Prayer Book, Volume I. Greater Working Women Ministries will be launching their teen mom mentoring program this Spring. This program will teach teen mothers life skills, parenting skills, how to make and complete their goals, find their passion and many more things they need to be greater women and greater mothers. Most importantly this program will help teen mothers to heal emotionally and affirming that they are Still Somebody. For more information on this program and other products or services please email firstname.lastname@example.org.