Becoming a disciple: True brotherhood

Scripture – 2 Samuel 21:7

But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Saul’s son Jonathan, because of the oath of the LORD that was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul.

Observation

David and Jonathan were brothers. They were friends. There was something of great value between them. David had promised Jonathan that he would protect his descendants. In this passage David has to choose seven of Saul’s grandsons to be handed over to the Gibeonites so they could be hanged. He did not choose Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son.

True brotherhood extends even past death. For David his brotherhood with Jonathan was something that defined his life, much more that his relationships with his actual blood brothers.

Application

Sometimes God weaves true brother-like relationships into our lives, relationships that can be much stronger than we have with actual siblings. These brothers are a gift from God. We should never run from vulnerability with the brothers God puts in our lives because we find freedom and life through a brother in the Spirit than even our brothers in the flesh.

I want to be more aware of the spiritual realities in my relationships. I want to be able to see what God intends for them and how he plans to use me to serve, love and bless my brothers.

Prayer

Father, you are my dad and the dad of my brothers. Thank you for brothers in the Spirit. Show me glimpses of what you intend for these relationships so I do not miss out on opportunities to bless them. In  the name of Jesus, your Son, the very reason I can talk to you right now. Amen.

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