Women and Godly friendship
If you’re younger, you may not remember this or know what in the world I’m talking about when I reference a “slip.” See, years ago, it was commonplace for women to wear light undergarments called slips to keep their private stuff private. To give you some perspective, slips were these bothersome little things because they could shift and hang beneath the hem of your dress and make you look like unkempt.
If you want to see the woes we when we went “slipless” back in the day, simply Google “Princess Diana Sheer” and you’ll instantly see what we struggled with back in the day. Or, you can simply click this Today link and see an image of what we avoided by wearing slips. They were a necessary evil.
If your slip was hanging, it was against the “girl code” for other women to let you walk around looking that way.
So, someone would likely tell you: “Psssst… your slip is showing”
It was a sign of friendship and definitely an indicator someone cared about you a little. No way in the world would a good Christian sister wouldn’t let you walk around with your underwear hanging down!
Christian friendship means “I got ya covered”
As women and sisters in the Body of Christ, we must, likewise, have one another’s “back” in the same spirit of the “girl code.”
For example, if a sister is taken in a fault, instead of gossiping about her, looking at her side-ways or putting her down, we must love her enough to warn her and tell her when her “spiritual” underpinnings are not right.
Unfortunately, that’s not always what happens.
But, when we do help one another, it’s a good thing. Best case scenario we will deepen our bond with the sister we help. Better yet, we prevent the enemy from getting a stronghold on her life.
Hopefully, she will be there to do the same for us one day.
What a beautiful cycle, right?
Don’t be one of those Scardy Cat Christians
Nowadays, Christians are hesitant to correct or rebuke others because they don’t want to be seen as judgmental. I hate that word! The word “judgmental” sucks the power from the Christian community.
Being scared to correct wrong also keeps people in bondage.
In my younger days, I wish someone had the guts to say to me “Hey, that’s wrong” or “Slow down with that man.”
No one did.
They likely didn’t want to seem “judgmental.”
However, truthfully, judgment has it’s place in the Body of Christ.
I’ve got a perfect example of Godly friendship in Galatians 4:11.
Peter was eating openly with the Gentiles (sinners). It was not a cool thing to do back then.
When the Jews (church folk) came around, Peter, being two-faced quickly rejected the Gentiles.
That’s the equivalent of someone sneaking over to a friend’s house to have a beer every Friday only to say on Sunday “I don’t drink.” Fake!
Anyway, Paul was there to tell Peter his “slip” was showing so he (Peter) could correct the hypocritical behavior.
Another Example of Godly Friendship
Or, how about when Nathan went to David to tell him his “slip” was showing after David slept with Bathsheba? (Read 2 Samuel 12 for the scoop).
Because Nathan didn’t care so much about being seen as judgemental (mainly because it was his job to be), David was able to repent and continue toward his destiny and purpose.
Godly judgment is actually a kindness and is much better than secret love.
Lovingly Honest… that’s friendship between Christian women.
Christian woman, be courageous enough to tell your sister if her “slip” is showing and be humble enough to receive the truth when yours is too.
Some will agree, some will disagree – but all should think about it.
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