In a field of long ago, two friends made a promise to one another; a friendship that would have eternal ramifications. One was the son of a king who had willingly relinquished his earthly authority, knowing the favor of heaven to be upon his friend. They both walked away from that field with an understanding, but without ability or freedom to communicate openly their love or friendship anymore.
It rends the heart to think of them weeping together over this bond that would never be broken, but could never be enjoyed again upon the earth. How painful to sacrifice one’s own desire for the good of another, yet it is the greatest act of love one can offer.
1 Sam 20:17 (Message) Jonathan repeated his pledge of love and friendship for David. He loved David more than his own soul!