The feeling of kinship with and closeness to a group of women or all women.
Friendships between women are so powerful. We have the opportunity to learn so much from each other, however we are sometimes hesitant to fully take advantage of it. A lot of it has to do with how we are cultured to see/treat each other, lies that we have believed about our sex and our own egos. We have to actively stand up and proclaim the sisterhood that we were meant to walk in because the truth of the matter is that we need each other. We are better together.
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”Psalms 133:1
Although the Bible doesn’t speak much of women relationships, it does point us to a handful of women in community with each other. When we sit down and look into their stories, there is so much that we can learn about sisterhood. These are some of the lessons uncovered in these relationships throughout the Bible.
Ruth and Naomi:
This relationship is such a refreshing one. Ruth felt so close to Naomi that she refused to abandon her even when Naomi had nothing to offer Ruth. This is a story of love and loyalty. They do not let external things separate them; like the fact that they are from two completely different cultures. Instead this mother and daughter in law duo work together to ensure both their futures.
Things to take from this relationship:
- A sister will point you to God (“…Your people will be my people and your God my God.” Ruth 1:16)
- A sister won’t leave in times of adversary, they stick close through both the messy and the joyful
- A sister will give you wise counsel (Ruth 3)
- A sister teaches you important life skills
Mary and Elizabeth:
Mary and Elizabeth are seen to have a unique bond. Both women live similar stories in which an angel visits (at different times) with a prophecy and they become pregnant, both in inexplicable ways. Their experiences allow them to relate to and support each other. Both of them realize that what they carry is powerful and are confident that their children will both, in different ways, contribute to the redemption of the world. There is no competition or jealousy, they love and are rooting for each other.
Things to take from this relationship:
- A sister will be a beacon of hope and comfort (“Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.” Luke 1:36-37).
- The promise inside of you will make the gift inside of your sister leap with life.
- What’s inside of you will fill your sister with the Holy Spirit ( “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” Luke 1:41).
Martha and Mary:
Although Martha and Mary don’t directly interact with each other per say in scripture there is still a lot that we can take away from their sisterhood. These sisters seem to be so different yet both have a lot to learn from each other. They point to an ultimate truth in sisterhood; sisters will always pursue Jesus together and challenge one another.
Things to learn from this relationship:
- A sister reminds you that being at His feet is more important then your day to day tasks.
- A sister’s actions will point you to the father.
- A sister challenges you. (Luke 10:38-42)
Let’s use these women’s stories in the word to ultimately bring us closer to the sisters around us and to serve each other well. Remember we’re in this together!
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- What kind of sister am I being to those around me?
- How can I take these women’s examples (in the bible) and apply it to how I do community?
- Where is there more room for me to grow?
It is vital that you are aware of the community of sisters around you and define their role in your life. Are they the sister that can help guide you through this season? Are they in your circle so that you pour into them? Are they the person that you can turn to for advice?
I pray that God may encounter us in these women’s stories and challenge us to be better. May we take the godly characteristics intertwined in their stories and mimic them in our own lives, In Jesus name, Amen.