March 12, 2008

Two are better than one

Two are better than one,

because they have a good return for their work:

If one falls down,

his friend can help him up.

But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!

Also, if two lie down together,

they will keep warm.

But how can one keep warm alone?

Though one may be overpowered,

two can defend themselves.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Have you ever looked at something on paper and it just didn’t add up or make sense? How about a relationship? Are you in a relationship with someone who is your complete opposite? I think for the majority of us we could say that we are married to our opposite. What about your friendships? Are any of them your opposite? Have you ever really thought about how that all works out?

My dearest and closet friend is my opposite. She and I view things very differently and for the most part are on opposite sides of the spectrum. It can make for an interesting relationship. A few weeks ago we were talking about how different we are and how it is that we are so close with one another yet see things so differently. We recognized that God plays a tremendous role within our relationship.

When friends pray together and share their faith they are able to reveal the deepest parts of themselves to each other because of trust. That trust can only come when we are secure in the love of Christ. When our friendships are based on these things, we can experience a relationship that is unparalleled.

What this means is that we must keep our eyes focused on Him at all times. He must be the heart of our relationships with not just our friends but our spouses too. When we keep our focus on Him and not ourselves, it becomes easier to love, forgive and trust those people who are so close to us.

Scripture says that two are better than one and God blesses our relationships when we work together to serve and love each other and in it He is glorified. People who isolate themselves only make life harder because they miss out on the immeasurable advantage of other people’s wisdom and experiences. God did not intend for us to have to figure things out for ourselves and desires for us to be in relationships in which we can come together to help one another deal with whatever this life offers. It doesn’t mean we will always agree and it doesn’t mean that the sparks won’t fly at times but when we “sharpen” (Proverbs 27:17) one another through the process of sharing our differences and wisdom we are able to make better decisions and be an encouragement to one another.

I love how the above passage of scripture ends. “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” That verse says it all. It’s hard to break apart a relationship that is intertwined with God.
Written by Nicole

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