Eccl 4:9-12 – Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour. For if one falls down, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to help him up! Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone? And though one may be overpowered, two can resist. Moreover, a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
The bible is full of references from inspired by the HolySpirit which teach us that Humans were never made to go it alone. God often uses the influences of others to shape and prepare our destinies. We can never be all God intended for us to be without significant people in our lives.
We find an interesting scripture in Prov 27:6 which many folk in modern day political correctness have lost sight of – ‘The wounds of a friend are faithful, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful’. God teaches here that true friends correct one another. Pity the person who has no healthy “wounding” from a friend! One of the greatest characteristic of friendships is that friends offer mutual support by challenging our thinking. We each need someone who will hold us accountable, otherwise we could be sincerely headed in the wrong direction. For this reason, we must work hard at developing friendships with those more stalwart than ourselves—colleagues who aren’t afraid to “query us”, who are more impressed with character than accomplishment.
Finally, we need to understand that going to the next level in Life will always require us to discover and develop new relationships. However, we should never discard previous meaningful relationships. Prov 27:17 says ‘As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend’.
As we study the power of relationships, may the Lord empower us to discover tremendous value in the people around us. May that light transform us and drive our upward progression in every facet of life. Amen.