Week 4 – Three Strand Friendships
Section 4: Believing Makes Being Together Even Better
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
This is a verse that we often hear in relation to marriage. Perhaps it was even a part of your own wedding ceremony. As I was reading this section of She Believes, was reminded over and over again of this verse in a different context – friendship. We hear all the time that Christ should be at the center of our marriage, but why do we seem to think it’s less important for Him to be at the center of all our relationships?
In this week’s chapters, Debbie shares many stories of how God has worked in crazy ways to connect her with women who eventually become valued friends. Several months ago, something similar happened to me. After we moved to Princeton without knowing a single person, we knew that we needed to get connected in a church.
After trying a couple out, we finally found our church home. The Sunday that we tried out this church, they were passing out pamphlets with all the small groups listed. There were two that I immediately knew I wanted to get involved in and they both happened to have the same contact person – my dear friend Allena. We attended the couples’ small group that Sunday evening and I joined the ladies Bible study the next morning. I can’t describe exactly how it happened, but after just a couple of hours with this woman, I knew she would be an important part of my life.
Through the course of the last 6 months, she has become one of my most valued friends. She has prophesied over my life on more than one occasion. She prays with such authority that I know she has played a huge part in many answered prayers in my life. Her spiritual guidance has helped me grow in my own faith so much and so quickly it’s almost unbelievable.
Even though we have some major differences, like the fact that she has kids about my age, we share a bond that I can only describe as unbreakable. What makes it that way is the fact that Jesus sits at the center of our friendship. He is that third strand that has bound our souls together in an amazing way.
If you’re like me, you’ve probably had tons of different friends over the years. I think we all have different friends through different seasons of our lives. I want you to think about those friendships that have lasted more than a season. What do they have in common? As I read these chapters, I started to think about this question, and the answer I came up with is that almost every one of my lasting friendships has Christ as the bond that ties us together.
It’s those sorts of friendships that stand the test of time because they are the ones in which you can be the most open and honest version of yourself. You can bear your whole soul, and the person still loves you no matter what. They don’t love you because of who you are, but they love you because of who Christ is.
Take some time this week and think about the friends you have in Christ. Reach out to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while, or tell someone you are thankful for their friendship.
Don’t forget to watch the video from Debbie about this week’s chapters!
Kristin is a wife and mother of two foster children and two fur babies, who lives in Princeton, WV. She has a passion for Jesus and reading, which she put together to found the Biblical Wives Book Club. She seeks to encourage other young wives to maintain strong, Christ-centered marriages through a community of women who support each other as women of God.