This also stands as my definition of my Lifegroup. A Lifegroup is a small gathering of people that meet weekly for Bible study, prayer, and fellowship. I am involved with a wonderful group of fellow believers that I am happy to also call my friends.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
I can only imagine how strong the cord would be made of two dozen strands, like my Lifegroup family.
Proverbs 17:17 says a friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. I have experienced each of these extremes in my circle of friends. I Corinthians 12:26 reads if one part suffers, every part with it suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. We have celebrated marriages and births, and we have mourned deaths and divorce. My Lifegroup has carried me through some low times, such as when my brother attempted suicide, an extended bout with unemployment, health issues, and depression, and through other hard times, such as my difficulties with college and wanting to give up. They have not only encouraged me through these times, but they also let me know when I am screwing up without making me feel like a screw-up. Proverbs 27:17 teaches that as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. I know that I have received some excellent sharpening through sharing with my friends.
These are the words of Jesus to His disciples:
“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:19-20
I know that I feel His Presence when I am in the presence of the loving and caring members of my beloved Lifegroup.
I would like to encourage each of us to do as the writer of Hebrews 13:1 prompts: Keep on loving one another as brothers. I am grateful for each and every one of my friends and my family. Thank you for being my Lifegroup.