“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12
When I read this verse the picture in my mind was of a braid… if you just twist two pieces of hair it might stay for awhile, but it will eventually fall apart. But if you braid three pieces of hair it will hold up forever or at least until a part of the trio weakens or becomes frayed. How do we keep our hair strong and healthy? By eating right, practicing good nutrition, cleansing it regularly, and trimming the split ends.
It is the same in our walk through life… we need to eat right by feeding on God’s Word, we have to receive every bit of nourishment we can from Him. We need to allow the Holy Spirit to show us what needs cleansing in us… asking for forgiveness and letting freedom come from the “dirt” that can easily build up. And the hardest one of all… we need to accept that God (the gardener) prunes us to produce more fruit in our lives.
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” John 15:1-2
Our strength for daily life comes from the Lord! How great is it that He can take the frayed ends of our lives and make them strong again? God also uses those around us to keep us strong and on the right track. Take a look at those you are spending your time with... are they adding to your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health? We all need to re-evaluate that from time to time. Remember, as iron sharpens iron, so does a good friend encourage and change a friend's outlook. (Proverbs 27:17)
Praying God's blessings over you today!
For further study read John 15.
Rejoicing in Truth!