One of the deepest and closest friendship that’s recorded in the Bible is of David and Jonathan. When they first met, they instantly became good friends (I Samuel 18:1-4). They based their friendship on commitment to God rather than each other, let nothing come between them, including career and family problems, drew closer together when their friendship was tested, and were able to remain friends until the end.

The story of this friendship and loyalty to each other is perhaps the main reason my wife and I named our first born Jonathan. Jonathan is a Hebrew name meaning “God has given or God’s gift”. I think we correctly named him as he turned out to be a great son, friend, and an example to his siblings.

Friendship is one of the most valuable aspects of life. A friend is someone who is concerned about your well-being; someone who will tell you your flaws and stand by you despite them; someone with whom you can share your highs and lows, as well as the everyday. Friends have common interests and an emotional tie that goes beyond being acquaintances.

Conflicts, misunderstandings, and even time and space do not deter the strongest friendships. A good buddy may help you grow as a person, whereas a terrible friend can ruin your life.

Being a good friend is a key to having excellent friends. God can become your best friend as He is the role model for all other friendships (Psalm 25:14).

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