“Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.” (Philippians 4:3)
What does it mean to be a True Companion?
This is an interesting idea which I don’t think is too present in our current day church, and community environment. The word for companion in the Greek is σύζυγε and means ‘a yokefellow‘ and it’s root means ‘to unite‘. This is exactly the type pf relationship that is to exist as the norm within a healthy community of people! The bond is there in heartfelt ways, which show by expression their care and comfort toward another person. A yokefellow is someone who comes under the same york and burden you have and hence the expression ‘bears the load’ with you. This is a dedication of selflessness to the common goal. Both should walk refreshed from the situation and reap the joys of victory once all the dust has settled. The aim as believers should include the road toward Christ and his goodness. We should not do this in our own strength. Scripture teaches us to “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ”. (Galatians 6:2) This means to carry one another in both thought and deed to the other-side of wherever the other person has found themselves in. These are not always situations which are clear cut, but two minds on a matter are better than one. We all need yokefellows in our lives. We are there to work with one another in achieving the common goal of the Kingdom of Heaven. We need to bare one another through all the situations of life. It is no good only one person surfacing from a situation alive and well, while the other person has passed away. We both need to work on these in order to ensure that both arrive alive! Hallelujah, Amen.