Kind Father, True friends are hard to come by.
We have friends for a season,
then the autumn winds blow and our souls are like barren trees.
Where is the friend that sticks closer than a brother?
Jesus, friend of sinners, friend to all – work in us
to be true, faithful, and devoted
so that we may be a friend we long for
and trust you for the friend we need.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Questions for Group Discussion
Ice Breaker: Who is the person during your whole life that you have trusted more than anyone else?
• Have you ever had the level of trust with someone that Jonathan and David had with each other? How does a friendship like this inevitably improve a person’s quality of life?
• What is integrity supposed to look like within a relationship? What barriers sometimes inhibit this from developing within relationships?
• What barriers hampered Jonathan and David’s relationship, and how did they eventually overcome them?
• How comfortable are you with the act of confessing your sins to another human being? Who are some key people in your life you can (or think you could) confess your deepest failings to and speak unblushingly about your spiritual progress?
Application: David and Jonathan had the kind of friendship in which each truly had the other’s back in both practical and spiritual ways. Look for and strengthen friendships that allow you to be yourself as you openly and unashamedly seek to live out your place in God’s kingdom.