Yes… here is it!
A tale of love: part two.
Jonathan loved David [20:17]
I was in a meeting sometime when someone defined love as a funny feeling you have towards someone that causes butterflies in your stomach. I could not laugh because it was not funny. Sadly, many people have that mind-set and they are disappointed when they discover that love has as much sacrifice in its make up as to repel a random soul.
Loving the lady behind the scarred face isn’t funny. Choosing to walk the rest of your life with someone who was a total stranger just six or so months ago is not hilarious! It is outrageous except to the one who loves.
Love is pouring out yourself: it means getting your hands in dirt so that another can be blessed. God gave his most precious to us. Jonathan risked His life for David. Then we just lazily talk about love behind neatly decorated dinner tables. That’s a fantasy!
Love does not shout. It speaks into the heart. Jonathan loved David as his own soul and this caused him to continuously renew his covenant of commitment to him. Love is action – non-sense action.
Do you love your spouse? Do you love your friends? Do you love your God?
All or Some
Love gives. This reminds me of the poor widow in the Bible.
Jesus sat few feet away from the offering box and watched the rich guys gave large sums and a poor widow gave two coins. But when he commented, he praised the poor widow not because of what she gave, but the principle behind giving.
Many of us are like the rich guy. We only give a bit of my strength, a bit of my resources, a fraction of my time, but what God want is all of my strength, all of my resources, all of my time!
Not to throw in a pocket of prayer here and there during the day, but to maintain a consciousness of the presence of the Holy Spirit always with us and to live in steady conversation with Him.
Not to supply some effort on God’s work but to give it all it takes until it is achieved; not to donate stipends to the course of the kingdom but to give all.
We received all, so we give all and it is when we give all that we continue to receive all.
That is love!
Jonathan initiated [20:18-23]
Love produces initiative. It birth creativity of a selfless kind. Jonathan loved David that he hated to see him killed by Saul. So he brought on a bright idea. That I call “solution-birthing compassion.” Ideas come from different places, but the creative genius that will impart the world for good without side effects has to be started on a platform of compassion.
Jonathan was not ashamed of David [20:30,34]
It is clear that Saul felt distaste in his tongue anytime David is mentioned. It is also clear that Jonathan was not ashamed to be associated with David. Saul said “you chose David to your own shame.” He reminded him that princes never mixed with shepherd boys.
The closest thing to this is what happens when a mother is not ashamed of her child with cerebral palsy. Even mothers bulk under the weight at times. Not Jonathan.
He stayed with David to the end.
Do you wish your loved ones were more presentable to society? Wish Daddy could do away with that jalopy? Wish mum had gone to college?
Well, I do not know what you need to do to make you unashamed of the “unpresentable” details of your friends’ lives. But I do know that where love truly is, there is no shame…
To be continued tomorrow…