Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have a video that relates to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “How To Love A Friend”. It is 4 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“And now I am about to go the way of all the earth, and you know in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one word has failed of all the good things that the Lord your God promised concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one of them has failed.”
TALKING TO GOD
Thank God for always keeping His promises. Ask Him for help so you can keep your promises, too.
List some of the promises God gave people in the Bible and the way He kept those promises. Examples: putting a rainbow in the sky as a promise to never again destroy the earth with a flood; giving Abraham’s descendants the land of Canaan; sending a Savior, Jesus; sending the Holy Spirit.
The Bible tells the story of two young men, Jonathan and David, who became good friends. Because they loved each other, they made a promise to always be friends and exchanged gifts as symbols of their friendship. This story was written in 1 Samuel 18:1-4 and 1 Samuel 20:16-17. Twice, Jonathan saved David’s life when Jonathan’s father, King Saul, wanted to kill David. Later, after Jonathan died and David became king, David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” (2 Samuel 9:1). David remembered his promise of friendship to Jonathan and was kind to Jonathan’s son.
TALKING TO EACH OTHER
– When do people make promises?
– What promises have others made to you? Did they keep their promises?
– What promises have you made to others? How hard was it to keep your promises?
– Why is it important to keep your promise to a friend?
Well, I guess I should actually answer the talking points for once, huh?
1. People make promises to please others, usually. Unless you are a people pleaser (which is annoying and you need to please me by stopping that), then you are making said promise with the intent of following through.
2. People make me promises quite rarely as it turns out. When they do then I make sure to follow up and check to see it will happen. If I ask someone something like “Want to go to the movies tomorrow night?” and I get anything less than a yes. Then I take it as a no. In fact, I prefer a no over a time wasting “maybe” answer.
3. When I make promises then I do my absolute best to keep them. If I can’t follow through then I feel like crap because I am only as good as my word.
4. Keeping a promise to a friend shows you care for them and builds trust. Pretty essential in any long lasting relationship.