There is one narrative in Scripture that I think of when the word love comes up. Since this is Valentines Day the thought is on my mind. It is about the relationship between David and Jonathan. This is a real love story. I know that this may seem strange to many of you. In fact, it may sound crazy. Most people would never think of it as such because it involved two men. There are many that have alluded to it as a homosexual relationship. It is far deeper than any sexual act. This relationship had nothing to do with sex. It was an affair of the heart.
In I Samuel 18:1 the writer tells us “As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” The love that was shared by these two was the knitting of their souls together. The knitting of two hearts together is not easy to explain. Only God can do this. He binds the two hearts into one. They have equal love for one another. One is not above the other. In fact, the other is more important in their own eyes than themselves. I Corinthians 13 speaks of this precisely.
When it says that Jonathan was taken with David, verse three states that they made a covenant together. They had an agreement. Jonathan in essence was willing to give up his crown rights as the next king of Israel. He is willing to do the unthinkable. He was willing to give up his rightful posistion as king. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt” (vs.3-4). He was willing to do this because he loved David as he did his own soul.
This relationship between David and Jonathan is an Old Testament illustration of I Cor. 13:4-7. “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
When you celebrate Valentines today remember what true love is. It’s the knitting of two hearts together as only Christ can do. It is a very rare thing to find. You will know when you have found it. I have found it!
Happy Valentines Day!