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[7] Again I saw something meaningless under the sun: [8] There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. “For whom am I toiling,” he asked, “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?” This too is meaningless—a miserable business!

Ecclesiastes 4:7-8 NIV

[9] Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: [10] If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. [11] Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? [12] Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV

[5] Better is open rebuke than hidden love. [6] Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.

Proverbs 27:5-6 NIV

God didn’t design us to live life alone, but wants us to have a set of close and intimate relationships. The Bible teaches us that living life alone is a miserable business! That is why we need to learn from Scripture how to build a team.

Though the benefits of being part of a team are obvious (better return for what we do, the ability to help each other up when we get knocked down, keep each other standing when we feel overpowered), the process of developing intimacy can take us out of our comfort zone.

Building a team requires us to be open rather than hidden, and being willing to hurt to make the other person better rather than flattering to keep them mediocre.

Who has God put in your life to be part of your team?

What truth do you need to face to be a better friend and what truth do you need to tell your friends to make them better?

This is a post in a series called “15 Days to Become a Force For Good,” which is a follow up to our 2017 Expo.

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