Threefold Cord

Ecclesiastes 4:12
“And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

The preacher is making a case for the need of not doing things alone. He says, “…a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” The threefold cord is a rope. Whenever you look at a rope, you will see that is made with three cords. The reason for making three cords in a rope is so that the rope will keep its strength without being broken. It is not just three cords held together, but it is three cords that are intertwined with each other. With the cords intertwined, the rope has great strength to endure the pressures that test it.

Likewise, the believer will find themselves stronger if they will use the threefold cord analogy in their walk with the LORD. There are three areas that every Christian needs to add to their walk with the LORD to make it strong. The first area is faith. No believer will be strong without their faith being strong. The only way you are going to strengthen your faith is to walk with the LORD in the Scriptures and prayer. When you walk with the LORD in the Scriptures, it will strengthen your faith to live for Him when He asks you to walk by faith. Moreover, prayer empowers the faith of the believer through the power of the Holy Ghost. Your faith will waiver if the LORD is not a regular part of your daily life.

The second area you must add to your life is friendship. There is nothing like intertwining your life with godly friends who encourage your faith when you are weak. However, you had better be careful what type of friends you intertwine in your life because they will have an impact on your faith. You are only as strong as your weakest friend; therefore, be careful who you intertwine in your life so that they don’t weaken your faith and walk with the LORD.

The third area you must add to your life is fellowship. Hebrews 10:25 shows the importance of having fellowship in your life when it says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together…” One of the reasons you should be faithful to your Sunday school class is because you will find good friends with whom you can have fellowship to encourage you to continue. Every believer needs fellowship because God made us social beings; however, be careful to fellowship with those who are walking within the confines of God’s Word.

Let me encourage you to have a threefold cord not only in your Christian walk but also in your relationships. The strongest marriage will be one that is intertwined with faith, friendship and fellowship. Your marriage cannot be strong without the LORD being involved in every part of it. Likewise, your spouse needs to be your best friend, because anyone who is a closer friend to you than your spouse has the opportunity to break up your marriage. Moreover, you need time of fellowship with your spouse for it to be strong. Never underestimate the need for fellowship in your marriage.

This threefold cord principle should also be applied to your family, friendships and occupation. Faith, friendship and fellowship will make every family strong. Faith, friendship and fellowship keeps a friendship to being what it ought to be. Every place of business will find greater productivity if they employ the threefold cord of faith, friendship and fellowship. When faith, friendship and fellowship become the threefold cord of every relationship, you will find that the pressures of life will be endured successfully.

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