A Love That EnduresBy Paul Chappell
Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant! And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually.”
2 Samuel 9:6-7
The relationship between David and Jonathan is a wonderful example of the power of friendship. But that relationship was cut short when the Philistines killed Jonathan, along with Saul. After David became king in place of Saul, he sought for a way to demonstrate his continuing love for Jonathan. It was the custom of that day for a new king to have all the members of the former king's family killed so there would be no dispute over his claim to the throne. Yet instead of carrying out that tradition, David sought out Jonathan's son Mephibosheth and put him in a place of honor in the palace. His love endured even past the death of his friend.
True love does not come and go, or fade away with the passage of time. Instead it endures and grows stronger. Paul wrote, “Charity never faileth” (1 Corinthians 13:8). In a world of shallow substitutes for real love it is more important than ever that believers demonstrate godly love in our daily lives. When we allow little matters (or even major ones) to destroy our love, we are not loving the way God does. If His love were based on our conduct in any way, we would have no hope. Instead God's love is based on His nature and character—a nature that He has given to us as His children. This is the kind of love that our world urgently needs to see.