Being in the company of like-minded believers is refreshing. The Apostle Paul and the Disciple Peter wrote several Scriptures encouraging Christians to be like-minded, kindhearted, and humble in spirit. Surrounding ourselves with these type of believers can definitely lift a down spirit.
“Finally believers, rejoice! Be made complete (be what you should be), comforted, be like-minded, live in peace (enjoy the spiritual well-being experienced by believers who walk closely with God); and the God of love and peace (the source of loving-kindness) will be with you.” (2 Corinthians 13:11)
“Finally, all of you be like-minded (united in spirit), sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit.” (1 Peter 3:8) “Therefore, since Christ suffered in the flesh and died for us, arm yourselves with the same purpose, because whoever has suffered in the flesh (being like-minded with Christ) is done with sin..” (1 Peter 4:1) “Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” (Philippians 2:2).
I have been encouraged by like-minded believers. During some of my most difficult trials, tests, and struggles, it was the prayer of a like-minded believer who encouraged my heart and would never let me quit.
I’m continually reminding women to pray to the Lord for a trusted friend and prayer warrior. Someone who will be there for you, someone versed in Scripture, someone who will lift you in prayer, someone who will not judge you, and someone who is trustworthy. I know I’ve mentioned before Cathie Lichtenberger is my prayer warrior and trusted friend. She has never judged me, criticized me, or failed to pray for me when I have asked her.
During a very challenging trial where I had made the decision to leave a church, it was she who was patient with my emotions, it was she who was dedicated in prayer for me, and it was she who listened with a godly ear to my pained heart. We are like-minded; desiring God’s will in our lives, in every area, and in our deepest, most intimate sufferings. I knew she would never tell me what I wanted to hear, but what I needed to hear.
In the book of Acts, several Scriptures make reference to the believers being one in Spirit. “All of these with their minds in full agreement devoted themselves steadfastly to prayer….” (Acts 1:14) “And all who believed were united and they had everything in common.” (Acts 2:44) “Now the company of believers was of one heart and soul….” (Acts 4:32) It truly is a beautiful moment when hearts and minds are in unison, seeking the Living God, desiring what Christ has for them.
Woman, I would hearten you to find individuals who are versed in Scripture, who will lift you in prayer and desire you reach your very best. Pray to the Lord for wisdom and discernment in regards to your group of friends. If there is judging, gossiping, anger, strife, confusion, or selfishness, I would embolden you to find different people to do life with.
Many women are struggling. You may be one of these women who needs a trusted friend, to step out in faith asking for prayer and wisdom. I would direct you to your church’s women’s ministry or confide in a pastor who may be able to guide you in a relationship with a Titus 2 woman. Continue in your prayers for godly friendships and women who inspire you. Do not settle for less than God’s best. Do not settle for a group of women just to have something to do. Do not settle for individuals who don’t encourage you or push you to reach your goals. Life is definitely to short and precious to surround yourself with negativity. God sees your potential, I pray you do as well.