Biblical People

Biblical People: Tryphena and Tryphosa

Tryphena and Tryphosa may be sisters or they could be friends, but the key is they function well as a team. Like Mary (8), they also work hard for the cause of Jesus, and Paul commends them for that.

We don’t need to serve God alone. 

The Bible commends teamwork and our interdependence on one another. By working together, Tryphena and Tryphosa likely accomplish more than they would if they worked apart.

As a team, they can capitalize on the strengths of each other and cover each other’s weaknesses.

Are we willing to work on a team, or do we seek to do things on our own?

[Discover more about Tryphena and Tryphosa in Romans 16:12.]

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