Google+ 02/27/14 The Blood of Christ is Thicker Than Water!

1 Samuel 20:14-17

 

And may you treat me with the faithful love of the Lord as long as I live.

But if I die, treat my family with this faithful love,

Even when the Lord destroys all your enemies from the face of the earth.”

So Jonathan made a solemn pact with David, saying,

“May the Lord destroy all your enemies!”

And Jonathan made David reaffirm his vow of friendship again,

For Jonathan loved David as he loved himself.

 

In part sixteen of our eighteen-part devotion series entitled, "Sharing God's Love!" we turn to the book of Samuel for a word about covenants with each other and how they sometimes affect families.  David and Jonathan have been friends for a long time.  Jonathan's father is plotting to kill David and Jonathan doesn't know.  David comes to Jonathan and literally pleads for his life.  Jonathan is stunned by the news from David and promises him that he will not let his father come anywhere near David.  It is once again the agape love of God that is at work in the lives of these two great men.  God has blessed both Jonathan and David and they are very well aware and grateful.  Hence, they are able to love each other as God has loved them.  So far, so good!  Notice that there is a big problem for Jonathan.  His father does not share God's agape love.  This is a painful lesson that many of us have learned and experience in our lives daily.  Often families are divided by God's love.  This is what the Bible refers to as being "unequally yoked."  When one family member accepts Christ as their personal Savior, the Holy Spirit indwells them and speaks through them.  When this happens, all Christian brothers and sisters understand and this agape love creates a bond that simply cannot be broken.  As Christians, we are then forced to make a choice. That choice becomes God's love or an earthly family member's love that is not of God.  It is easy to see, although painful, which of these relationships ultimately wins.  Today, let's renew our agape love relationship with God and each other.  Let's encourage our nuclear family members to do the same and pray for them without ceasing.  We must remember that,   "The Blood Of Christ is Thicker Than Water!"