What Does the Bible Say About Sisterhood?
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What Does the Bible Say About Sisterhood?

Sisterhood is an important concept in the Bible that refers to the spiritual bond between women who are followers of Christ. As women of faith, we are called to encourage, support, and love one another as sisters in Christ. In this blog post, we will explore the key principles and themes related to sisterhood that emerge throughout Scripture.


Sisters in Christ, the Bible has so much to say about the beauty of sisterhood and how we as women can grow together in godliness and faith. When you read through the pages of Scripture, you see the stories of meaningful friendships between women who shared a common love for the Lord. You also see direct instructions from Scripture about how to treat fellow sisters in the household of faith.

God cares deeply about the relationships between His daughters. He wants us to reflect His love for each other and enjoy the blessings of Christ-centered friendships. As we dive into God’s Word together in this post, may your heart be stirred to pursue godly sisterhood in your own life! Here are some key takeaways to keep in mind:

  • Sisterhood is rooted in our shared identity in Christ.
  • Godly sisterhood involves mutual love, honor, and service.
  • Sisters sharpen one another and build each other up in faith.
  • Sisterhood provides comfort, counsel, and care in times of need.
  • Healthy sisterhood is marked by unity, harmony, and peace.
  • God calls sisters to reconcile differences and forgive one another.

Let’s explore each of these takeaways in more detail from Scripture. Get ready to gain powerful insights into how to develop authentic, loving sisterhood!

Sisterhood is Rooted in Our Shared Identity in Christ

As followers of Jesus Christ, all women who trust in Him for salvation become spiritual sisters. This sisterhood is not based on our earthly families or backgrounds, but rather our heavenly position as children of God. Scripture says:

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28 NKJV)

Our primary identity is found in being united to Jesus. He has erased all dividing lines and adopted us as His own daughters. When we embrace this truth, it reshapes the way we see ourselves and one another.

Sisters, your core identity is not tied to your ethnicity, social status, gifts and talents, marital status, or any other earthly category. You are a beloved child of God, redeemed by the blood of Jesus, and filled with the same Holy Spirit! This shared position in Christ is the foundation for an unbreakable spiritual sisterhood.

As followers of Jesus, we have a common purpose and eternal destiny. We are sisters on the same journey of faith, hope, and love. Recognizing your fundamental connection to every woman in the body of Christ is life-changing. It opens your eyes to the beauty of sisterhood and helps you see other women as God sees them – as your precious sisters!

Godly Sisterhood Involves Mutual Love, Honor, and Service

Once our eyes are opened to the wonder of sisterhood in Christ, how do we actively live it out? According to the Bible, godly sisterhood is demonstrated through selfless love, honor, and service.

The iconic passage on love, 1 Corinthians 13, applies directly to relationships between sisters in Christ. We are called to:

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” (Romans 12:10 NKJV)

Genuine love moves us to place the needs of others above our own. It calls us to find joy in supporting and honoring our sisters, not competing or comparing. As we uplift and champion one another, we reflect God’s heart.

The Bible also exhorts sisters to use their gifts to serve one another humbly:

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” (1 Peter 4:10 NKJV)

Imagine how transformative it would be if each woman consciously exercised her abilities to build up her spiritual sisters! Godly sisterhood is not passive, but active. We have a responsibility to encourage, help, and support one another in practical ways.

Sisters, nurture a spirit of generosity toward your fellow believers. Look for small acts of service – a listening ear, thoughtful gift, or helping hand. When we give freely to others what God has given us, His love is displayed.

Sisters Sharpen One Another and Build Each Other Up in Faith

Iron sharpens iron, and so one woman sharpens another. In the beauty of sisterhood, we spur each other on to grow spiritually and live out our calling as followers of Christ. The writer of Proverbs captures this powerful dynamic between sisters:

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17 NKJV)

Godly girlfriends play an invaluable role in fanning the flames of each other’s faith. Through regular fellowship, deep conversation, and shared spiritual practices, iron truly does sharpen iron. Spending meaningful time with sisters who are passionately pursuing Jesus will ignite you to draw nearer to God yourself.

We also build up one another’s faith by speaking truth, encouragement, and affirmation. The apostle Paul says:

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NKJV)

Words have remarkable power to strengthen or weaken the heart. God calls us to be wise and discerning in how we use our words, especially when speaking to fellow sisters in Christ. Are you using your words to inspire courage, hope, and conviction in the hearts of others? Share words of life that edify sisters and point them to Christ.

Sisterhood Provides Comfort, Counsel, and Care in Times of Need

One of the greatest blessings of sisterhood is having women who stand by your side in times of difficulty or crisis. Sisters in Christ have a duty to support one another through trials. The book of Ecclesiastes notes the value of this:

“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.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NKJV)

When a sister is grieving, struggling, or in any kind of need, how comforting it is to be surrounded by the love and care of the body of Christ. God designed the sisterhood of believers to meet practical needs and provide emotional and spiritual support.

Of course, our first source of refuge is Christ Himself. But God also places specific women in your life to exemplify His tenderness and compassion. Are you making yourself available to be the hands, feet, and embracing arms of Jesus to hurting sisters? Pray for discernment to know when someone needs support. Offer a listening ear, words of counsel from Scripture, acts of service, or anything else the Lord directs. Sisterhood in action brings glory to God.

Healthy Sisterhood is Marked by Unity, Harmony, and Peace

The Bible frequently emphasizes the importance of unity among followers of Christ. This principle undoubtedly applies to relationships between sisters as well:

“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.” (1 Corinthians 1:10 NKJV)

Our human nature tends toward selfishness, irritation, grumbling, and division. But the Holy Spirit enables sisters to live in harmony, preferring each other, forgiving quickly, and seeking peace. Our witness to the unbelieving world is strengthened when people observe the deep unity flowing between sisters in Christ.

Unity requires humility, patience, and sacrificial love. We must be willing to extend grace to one another when opinions differ or conflict arises. Sisters, examine your heart and confess any comparison, jealousy, or resentment toward other women. These poisonous attitudes disrupt unity. Ask the Lord to cultivate in you a spirit of gentleness, compassion, and sisterly affection for your fellow believers.

As we walk in step with the Spirit, He produces in us “the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11 NKJV)

God Calls Sisters to Reconcile Differences and Forgive One Another

Because we are fallen people, conflict and offense will enter even the deepest friendships. When relationship breakdowns happen between sisters, gossip, bitterness, and unforgiveness often gain ground. But Scripture charges Christ-followers to live differently:

“If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your sister, then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23-24 NKJV)

Restoring broken relationships requires courage, humility, and obedience to the Lord. But the blessing of reconciliation far outweighs the cost. God is pleased when sisters pursue peace with each other through open communication, repentance, and forgiveness.

Even if you were deeply hurt by another woman in the past, God calls you to choose forgiveness. Bitterness only breeds more pain. The Holy Spirit will empower you to release offense and see that sister through eyes of compassion. Forgiveness frees your heart to receive God’s healing.

Sisters, let us love one another earnestly from the heart and make every effort to maintain the bond of peace between us. This brings joy to the Lord!

In Closing

Sisters in Christ, I pray your passion for biblical sisterhood has been ignited! God’s Word offers profound revelation and practical guidance for how sisters can relate to one another in grace-filled ways. Living out authentic, supportive, loving friendships between women brings glory to our Father.

May the Lord connect you to sisters who will spur you on deeper in love and faith. Determine within your heart to pray for and encourage your fellow believers. Demonstrate the unifying love of Jesus through gentleness and forgiveness. And never forget the beautiful shared identity you have as daughters of the King!

List of key takeaways:

  1. Sisterhood is rooted in our shared identity in Christ.
  2. Godly sisterhood involves mutual love, honor, and service.
  3. Sisters sharpen one another and build each other up in faith.
  4. Sisterhood provides comfort, counsel, and care in times of need.
  5. Healthy sisterhood is marked by unity, harmony, and peace.
  6. God calls sisters to reconcile differences and forgive one another.
Pastor Duke Taber
Pastor Duke Taber

Pastor Duke Taber

All articles have been written or reviewed by Pastor Duke Taber.
Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of Life Pacific University and Multnomah Biblical Seminary.
He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988.
Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world.
He is currently starting a brand new church in Mesquite NV called Mesquite Worship Center, a Non-Denominational Spirit Filled Christian church in Mesquite Nevada.