Friends are essential. Friendships must be cultivated because they improve our lives. No kind of friendship is more important than intimate ones that include regular communication and deep commitment. Looking at a complicated chapter in David’s life, as recorded in 2 Samuel, Pastor Chuck Swindoll explains the role of David’s friends and our need for vibrant relationships. In his weakest moments, David’s closest companions supported him and reminded him of God’s purpose. Reflect on the value of genuine friendship.