My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:12-13
God calls us into community with one another and through that, He builds strong bonds of friendship that, for me, have blossomed into sisterhood. In January of this year, a few gals I knew from various avenues of life; a few Junior League friends, a mom I met through my son’s friendships, a life-long friend, and a friend from work, came together in hopes of learning a little more about Jesus. Over the past eight months, we have studied, shared our hearts, cried, laughed and prayed together. We have watched as the Holy Spirit has entered into our sacred space (my living room) and, in a very short time, has transformed our hearts, our minds and our lives. This band of characters, this village of mine has evolved like a great story.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
What I have received from the unity of this group of women is hard to describe. My unconditional love for them, their lives and the unique calling God has placed on each of them, drives me to fervent prayer over them each and every day. In a time when our world is feeling extreme discouragement, fear and heartbreak, these women are taking up their crosses and carrying them bravely and mightily so that they may be examples and deliverers of God’s grace and mercy.
You see, not one of us are perfect. Not one of us has an easy life. All of us are broken sinners who need the forgiveness and kindness of a Savior. And with that, even in the midst of the darkest times of life, God gives us hope in the form of each other, in the sister warrior sitting before us ready to fight when we feel too weary to do it on our own.
Do you have someone, or many someones, in your life who will challenge you to grow in your faith? Someone who prays with you or celebrates with you? Someone who makes you think twice about what you’ve always believed? Someone who holds you accountable? “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17) Start as I did; make a Facebook post, set a date and invite people to the table to talk about Jesus and see what God does from there. We are still welcoming new people as God calls them to this group of sisters. (Add in one cousin and a new friend who sent me a random message asking if I knew of any women’s studies in town and you’ve got a group!) Make it a weekly date and do whatever it takes to keep that date. I believe you will see the blessings of God pour out.
We were not created to do life alone. When I think about what Jesus has done with the women in this group, including myself, it brings me tears of joy and thanksgiving. The fruit of faithfulness and obedience upon the lives of these women is all God! All glory to Him who makes all things new!
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another- and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25