“Two Are Better Than One” by Pastor Dr. Terry Nelson
Friendship is one of life’s greatest gifts. A true friend is a gift from God. Yet, friendship is something that is often taken for granted. Ginsburg quotes, “A man without friends is like a left hand without the right.”
Everyone needs a friend. When you think of a friend you think of one who steps in when everyone else steps out. It does not mean a casual acquaintance, but a close, trusted, relationship. It refers to an inner circle that enjoys close, direct access, and confidential information.
I truly believe friendship is a necessity on two levels. You need a Horizontal friend - a healthy relationship with another person, and most importantly a Vertical friend - a relationship with Jesus Christ.
What is it that makes the pro-verbial saying—“Two are better than one” sometimes difficult to grasp? When you yoke up or be-friend someone who is not your equal or on the same page as you, this saying may be difficult to embrace.
But, can two walk together, except they be agreed? (Amos 3:3) “Therefore, as a believer you should always be mindful of the scripture, be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14.
This saying “Two are better than one,” is also difficult to grasp at times due to conflicts. Disagreements and conflicts will appear between friends. However, it is not always the conflicts that erect the wall of separation, it is the unresolved conflicts.
So if you have made a friend, don’t allow conflicts or adversity to separate you. I truly believe that some friendships are worth saving and should be cherished.
Keep in mind, you do not realize who your true friends are until adversity arises. Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
God designed life for companionship and friendship. God did not want Adam to be lonely, so He fashioned a helper comparable to him. God created the duo, Adam and Eve, after which came other duos; such as, Abraham and Sarah, Moses and Joshua, Ruth and Boaz, Elijah and Elisha, Joseph and Mary, Aquilla and Priscilla, Paul and Silas, Romeo and Juliet, Jack and Jill, Lucy and Ricky, Ozzie and Harriet, Laverne and Shirley, Batman and Robin, Ebony and Ivory, Ike and Tina, Beyonce and Jay Z, Sanford and Son, and George and Weezie.
The Holy Scripture gives many examples of two being better than one. But, even today this proverbial saying, “two are better than one,” has advantages as well as benefits. It is better to have two witnesses rather than one, because at the mouth of two witnesses a matter shall be established.
Moses used this law to convict lawbreakers and Jesus used this truth for means of church discipline in St. Matthew 18:16. The best kind of friend is a praying friend and two are better than one when joined together with one accord in prayer.
Jesus said in St Matthew 18:19, “Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”
Two are better than one because one is able to help the other during the time of test, loneliness, and discouragements. During these times it’s good to have someone to lean on!
In addition to this, when one gets burdened and becomes weak, the other is there to strengthen and help bear the burdens. Romans 15:1 says, “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. In addition to this, one can lift the other one up if he falls or stumbles.”
Galatians 6:1 says, “if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”
So, if you fall without having a friend close by, you are really in trouble! The scripture also says two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labor. They can help each other succeed. The joint labors of two produce much more effect than the efforts of a worker who is alone. Two working together understand the concept that working together works!
Two are better than one is also beneficial when being attacked. A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer.
With God’s help, one can chase a thousand and two can put ten thousand to flight (Deuteronomy 32:30).
Finally, two are better than one, but what ever you do be sure to include the one with the two. The one is Jesus Christ! So you and a friend in holy love and fellowship, together with Jesus Christ, is a threefold cord and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
So, if you do not have a friend, I recommend Jesus Christ. Oh! What a friend you have in Jesus. Jesus showed himself friendly by laying down his life for you. Romans 5:8 says, “In that while you were yet a sinner, Jesus died for you.” There’s not a friend like Jesus!
In conclusion, Once you have your vertical relationship intact, meaning your relationship with Jesus Christ, it will help you with your horizontal relationship, meaning your relationship with your fellow man. Here is a suggestion, if you don’t have a friend, first try to be one and then make one!
Two are better than one.