Ecclesiastes is such an amazing chapter of wisdom. It holds special pearls of wisdom which if we study can show us the way we should love and the lives we should lead. One of these pearls is found in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 which authentically expresses the value of a friend. In the NKJV, (the girl edition) […]

We Are Our Sister’s Keeper

Ecclesiastes is such an amazing chapter of wisdom. It holds special pearls of wisdom which if we study can show us the way we should love and the lives we should lead. One of these pearls is found in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 which authentically expresses the value of a friend. In the NKJV, (the girl edition) it is written as:
“Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, one will lift up her companion.
But woe to her who is alone when she falls,
For she has no one to help her up.”
Our Heavenly Father loves us so much he has blessed us abundantly with his Word as our guide and given us the everyday gift of companionship. My heart aches when I see how we take friendships for granted and miss the essence of being our sister’s keeper. In these scriptures, we see the true spirit of Godly friendship. Godly friendships are about rooting for one another and being surrounded by a strong circle who get that it’s not all sunshine & rainbows but that it’s our responsibility to help one another along the way. God never intended for us to walk the path of life alone. His intention was to surround ourselves with like-minded believers and be the light to those who are alone, lost, and broken in the world – bringing them into our circles to be each other’s pillars of strength in life.
Godly friendship is more than just hanging out with someone and hashtagging “best friends forever” in our social media posts. It’s about building each other, encouraging one another, sticking together through life’s downs and celebrating together through its ups. Moreover, it’s about bringing each other closer to be more like Jesus every day. It’s about being able to say to one another, I love you enough to correct you with honesty, treat you with care and be there for you when the going gets tough. Our circles of friends have the power to make us or break us.
Through Godly friendships, we have the opportunity to make our lives richer, fuller and all the more sweeter by doing life together. This is why we need to make sure we choose our friends carefully and reach out to those who could use a good friend. Proverbs 17:17 tells us, a true friend loves at all times. We all want to have good friends but really it starts with first being a good friend.
When I’m confused, hurting or not doing well I know my girls will remind me God is always faithful. In their time of distress, I know it’s my love duty to stand by them reassuring them to hang in there because God is working even when we can’t see it. Sometimes it means just listening for a while to let them know they are not alone. When the breakthrough or victory comes, we rejoice and dance (literally and figuratively) together in thankfulness! These are the life experiences we value most through friendship. Imagine if we didn’t have people we could depend on? Life would be so dull and lonely. So, why not bless your sisters in Christ in a special way today to show them just how much they mean to you. Usually, it’s the little things that make a difference. Pray for your friends, tell them how much you care for them and in the middle of life’s hustle make them a priority by taking time to just spend time with them. Let’s make gratefulness a thing we do and value the treasure of friendships God has given us the way they deserve to be honored!
PS: To all my lovely friends, those who feel alone, and all my sisters in Christ, know that you are deeply loved!
Joy Sibanyoni

Joy Sibanyoni

Staff Writer at Christian En Vogue
Joy Sibanyoni is a self-proclaimed Jesus girl from South Africa. Daughter of the only true King, she lives for spreading the message of God's grace and love. She's a university graduate and leader of Project Any Girl focused on sharing and celebrating real inspirational life stories. A few of her favorite things are reading, traveling, good food and taking long naps on any day!
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