Speak Up

Series: Significant Other | Week 5: Friendship

Read 1 Samuel 19:1-7


1. What problem sets up this story in verse 1?
2. What does Jonathan do in response?
3. How does he make his case in verses 4-5?


David’s life was in danger, and it was up to his friend to save him. As King Saul’s jealousy increased, he urged his son Jonathan to murder David. Instead, Jonathan chose to intervene on his friend’s behalf.

His response showed wisdom and courage as he warned David of the danger but then also spoke up on David’s behalf with Saul. He appealed to Saul’s conscience, reminded him of all the ways David had helped him and brought him victory, and highlighted David’s innocence. This courageous and tactful response convinced Saul to hold off his murder plot for the moment.

As you think about your own friendships, are you willing to speak up on behalf of your friends when needed? Is there a hidden threat that you need to bring to their attention, whether it’s external or perhaps an internal threat from an unhealthy choice they’re making? Pray about it now, and ask for the same courage and tact that Jonathan displayed to know when and how to speak up.

Want to go deeper? If you sense that you need to speak up about a choice that a friend is making, read this article for tips on how to speak the truth in love.

*TPCC does not necessary endorse all “Want to go deeper” sources. They are simply meant to be a helpful tool.

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