Two are Better Than One

The greatest compliment for a defensive lineman when playing in a football game is being double-teamed. A double-team block is a big deal because it usually means that every other player on the offensive line has the responsibility of blocking someone by themselves. When it comes to a double team it is important that the offensive lineman is on the same page, and that they are in sync working together. This is important because the best defensive lineman can split the block in two, or use one player against another. Separation, and one on one situations, is the best way for a defense to expose a weak player on the offensive line.
In Ecclesiastes chapter 4 we see what a call for believers to work together, and to support one another. The truth is that as believers just because we can handle something on our own doesn't mean we should. We as believers are stronger together than we are on our own. In our Student Ministry, our students have groups where they talk about their weeks, and discuss the weekly challenge they are given. The intent is for them to grow closer, and to be there for one another through their hardship.
"9 Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. 10 For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they can keep warm; but how can one person alone keep warm? 12 And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.”( Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

One of the Devil's greatest weapons is to make Christians feel like they are alone and that no one is there to help them. As Christians, though we are called to live life together, to fellowship, to have accountability amongst our brothers & sisters in Christ, and to pick one another up when they fall. Solomon shows us in Ecclesiastes that it is better to do life with another Christian than it is to try and handle the things of this world alone. So often we find ourselves in positions where we feel like nobody else is going through what we are, or that no one would ever understand. When we are alone in our sin and have a lack of support or accountability it is so much easier to keep on going back to that sin or to feel that no one has ever experienced the pain or loss that we have had.

Do not fall into this trap, while the things of this world will cause you pain Christ has placed other believers around you to be there for you and to pick you up in those moments of weakness. If we were open about our sins and if we found someone that we could discuss our hardships with this loneliness tactic would fail against us. Make it a point to find accountability and support in your life. Find people to pour into you, and to build you up. Go to those Christian brothers and sisters when things get hard, and be quick to rely on God to get you through. When we continually go back to one another and make it a habit to rely on one another, we create a bond. If we make it a point to often discuss our hurt with others, or to do life with others, we are more likely to not be split apart, and to help each other out.