Teaching Kids Key Life Learnings from 100 Biblical Characters: No. 43 – Jonathan

Jonathan and David

What practical key life learnings can we glean from the life of Jonathan?

Context (1 Samuel 13-31):  Jonathan was the son of king Saul and close friend of David.  Even when his father turned against David, Jonathan remained David’s friend and protected him.

Key Life Learnings:

Great friendships are costly (1 Samuel 20):  When Saul turned his heart against David, Jonathan was caught in the middle.  He loved his dad, but was also loyal to his friend David.  He made a vow to David to warn David if king Saul made threats against David.  When king Saul found out what Jonathan was doing, he got so angry with him.  Jonathan’s friendship with David was also costly because Jonathan was the next in line to be king after his father died.  But with David in the picture and his popularity with the people, David might become the next king.  But to Jonathan, his relationship with David was more important than being the king.

Who are your close friends?  What are you willing to sacrifice for your friendships?  Are you willing to count of cost of having great friends?

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