Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
You know the saying ‘There’s safety in numbers’? Well, what’s also true is that there’s confidence, strength, and courage in numbers. This scripture teaches that with friends, we can do anything.
In high school, I was on the water polo team. However, when I first joined I really didn’t know what water polo was. On the first day I jumped into the pool with everyone else but I didn’t know the pool was 14 feet deep – so I just kept going down and expected to touch the bottom. But the bottom never came! It wasn’t until a friend grabbed me and pulled me up and away from middle of the pool that I was able to come back up for air.
I remember in that moment being so grateful to have a friend on the team. But that’s what this scripture is talking about – sometimes when life keeps pushing us down to the bottom, we need a friend to pull us up.
This summer one of the most important things we can do is build friendships that make us brave. Here’s how the Bible says to do that:
- Be Known: Even Jesus needed best friends, and the way he did it was by revealing everything to them (John 15:15).
- Be Interested in Others: When we keep our focus on ourselves and what we can get out of a relationship we miss out on being real friends (Philippians 2:3-4).
- Be Considerate: Help a friend this week and go out of your way to do something you know they need (1 Samuel 23:15-16)
- Who has God put in your life to be a friend to?
- How can you start being a friend today?