September Series: God created us for relationships. From the very beginning of the Bible, we see how important it is to have wise people in our lives who help us understand how to honor God with our actions. When God sent Jesus, we were able to see the best example of friendship ever. Jesus showed us how much He loves us as He laid down His life for His friends. With His words and actions, Jesus showed friendship to everyone He met. We can reflect Jesus’ love best when we take time to care for our friends.
Friends keep their promises.
David and Mephibosheth ● 1 Samuel 19-20; 2 Samuel 9
In 1 Samuel 19-20 and 2 Samuel 9, we see one of the most famous friendships in the entire Bible — between David and Jonathan. Before David escaped to hide from King Saul, he promised Jonathan he would always take care of Jonathan’s family. David had a chance to follow through on that promise and took care of Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth, making him feel like a part of his family.
Engage in everyday moments together this week:
- Morning Time: As your kid starts their day, promise them a special treat this week — then make sure you keep your promise.
- Meal Time: At a meal, have everyone at the table answer this question: “What does it mean for you to be a good friend? What is a way someone has been a good friend to you?”
- Drive Time: While on the go, ask your kid: “What’s the nicest or most thoughtful thing you’ve seen someone do for a friend?”
- Bed Time: Pray for each other: “God, help us to be people who keep our word. When we promise to do something, we will do it. Let our actions and words show others that we can be trusted.”