In the last few months, God has shown me the importance of having Godly friendships in my life. I remember at one point about 3 years ago, I was crying out to God about having “saved” friends. I was mad, because I was trying to live right, but all my friends at the time were not living a God first life. At that time, I genuinely wanted to have friends I could just “hang out” with and do “fun” stuff with. But even in that desire, God walked me through process.
It wasn’t until November 2016, that I began to see the bigger picture in having friendships. I literally found a saved friend that I wasn’t looking for. One of my coworkers, started coming into my office to work and do crafts for her projects and from there things naturally grew between us. The more we talked about God together, the more we grew together as friends. And now I feel like I’ve known this girl for years! Our grandparents even live down the street from each other and we didn’t even know this whole time. God is amazing sometimes. I mean literally her family knew my family; my grandma, and my great-grandmother.
And now that I have this friendship with her, recently God has shown me that relationships with purpose are the relationship he puts together with a bigger picture in mind. Things we don’t see coming up ahead, he’ll purposely place people in your life without you even asking! Because I was not worried about a friend, I was just trying to focus on making sure I was straight with God first.
But saying that brings me to my point. 1 Samuel 20: 16-17 talks about a covenant that Jonathan and David made with one another. They made a covenant to always honor and cover each other; even for generations to come.
The part that got me was the “generations to come.” Covenant relationships that God places us in always providing covering and provisions. The covering and provisions always go beyond ourselves. God will create relationships that help set-up generations for years to come,because he designs things with that kind of mindset.
Covenant relationships are relationships God creates with purpose and ordains for his glory. Whether it’s friendships, marriages, family relationships etc. Covenant relationships bring growth to both parties.
Even our relationship with Christ is based on a covenant; one that he preordained when he chose us Ephesians 1: 4-7. God creates things with the end in mind that we can’t always see. Covenant relationships aren’t easily broken, matter of fact once God captures your heart, it’s kind of hard for you to really turn a deaf ear to him. Once he has a hook in your heart, the love you have for Christ, will always make you come back and bow at his will and purpose for your life!
The scripture 1 Samuel 20: 17 talks about Johnathan loving David to the point he loved David’s life just like he loved his own life. He was willing to betray his father to honor a man of God. Covenant relationships bring honor because they’re created by God.
As David and Johnathan made their covenant, Johnathan had David “swear by his love.” Because a covenant relationship is truly based on love. A conscious decision made to stick around and stay through it all for the sake of Christ glory and purpose. God allowed Jesus to die for our sins so that through a covenant relationship he could draw us closer to him. God’s whole purpose was because he wanted a relationship with us.
If God fought and sacrificed to have a relationship with us, it’s only right that we honor this covenant relationship by loving him back. God already loves us, the question is do we truly love him?
Falling Upward…to be continued