Today’s Scripture: And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 1¬†Samuel 18:1

Lost in the Sahara, Andrew and Ben struggled to keep moving beneath the burning desert sun. On the third day, Ben’s body became dehydrated. “Andrew, you have to go on without me,” he said as his body went limp. Andrew knelt down to pour the last few drops of water in Ben’s mouth and then placed him on his shoulders.

Andrew loved Ben as much as he loved his own life. There was no way he would leave him behind. Finally, on the third day, they reached a small village where Andrew was able to revive Ben. As he came to, Ben looked at Andrew and smiled. “Thank you,” he said as his eyes welled with tears.

True friendship, like Andrew and Ben’s, is a beautiful thing. Often, we as Christians do not take friendship that seriously. We usually view it as nothing more than an occasional phone call or get-together, but look at the true friendship of David and Jonathan in I Samuel 18:1. Jonathan loved David as much as he loved his own soul. True friendship consists of loving your friend as you love yourself.

Of what do your friendships consist? Are they shallow and only for your personal benefit? Take a moment to contemplate the condition of your friendships. Make it your goal to strengthen and improve them. You’ll be glad you did.