Life-giving Friendships

Read:

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! — Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Reflect:

“I’m not playing with you anymore! I’m going home!”  It’s funny how as kids, we freely proclaimed our indignation towards one another. After a few days, our friendships were usually repaired and whatever had assailed us was long forgotten.

As grown women, however, the waters muddy a bit. Genuine friendship is hard to find and proclamations to go home or tell mom are replaced with retreat, indifference and/or gossip. The enemy of our souls loves to divide and conquer and he definitely targets our friendships. 
 
We were created to be interdependent upon each other and to bear the load of one another’s burdens. We need each other; this journey was not meant to be traveled alone. When one falls, the other is there. When one is in need, the other is there. When one forgets her identity and is tempted to be filled with anything other than Jesus, the other is there. Seeing friendship through the lens of Scripture allows us to cast off all selfishness and preference and it allows us to see friendship for the gift and necessity that it is.  We are then free to enter relationships and bring nothing but hearts to give, love and build up.

Prayer:

Father, thank you for the gift of friendship. Please heal and bless my friendships and help me to build up the amazing women you have placed in my life. Amen

Your Turn:

Are you life-giving in your friendships?  
 
Do you know that God desires for you to have other Christian women in your life to sharpen and encourage you? 
 
Take a moment today to encourage and remind a sister in Christ of the blessing she is to you.