Read: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Cicero was one of the greatest thinkers of the Roman Empire. He was a skilled lawyer, orator, linguist, politician, and writer. Even today he is quoted for his clear prose and practical wisdom. For instance, of having friends, he wrote: “Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.” He understood the double benefits of friendship along life’s journey.
Almost 1000 years earlier, King Solomon had written about the value of friendship as well. In Ecclesiastes we read, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up” (Eccl. 4:9-10). Certainly a life without friends makes our journey lonely and hard to bear.
Cicero and Solomon were right: Friends are important. Friends serve as confidants, counsellors, and burden-sharers. Think about your friends. Have you been neglecting those God has provided to share your joys and sorrows? If so, seek out one of your friends for fellowship this week. Remember, “two are better than one,” because a friend can double our joy and divide our grief.