A solo voice or instrumental is beautiful to listen to, and on its own, without distraction or embellishment, it has an ethereal quality. Similarly, a singular message is moving, while an unequaled talent is awesome to watch.
However, we were made for relationships, and we are stronger because of them. Harmony and accompaniment in music adds another level of dynamics and depth, while those mentioned above had a team or band behind them to support and assist, and they were stronger and better for it.
The Bible is very clear about the importance of relationships, of us supporting and depending on others in all areas of our life. Engaging and developing relationships provides the following benefits, just to showcase just a few:
Proverbs 11:14 — Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
Accuracy and objectivity during times of discipline:
Matthew 18:19-20 — Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am also.
Hebrews 10:24-25 –– And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Completion and Division of Duties:
Romans 12:4-5––For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10––Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.
Proverbs 27:17––As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
While American culture revers rugged individualism, the Bible advocates community, for it is in community that we can display love, mercy, and encouragement, and where we can find support and accountability. Let us develop and nurture relationships.