Monday, September 26, 2016

Iron Sharpens Iron

Submitted by Sam Nobles
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 ESV

The Christian life is a journey, a trek, a pilgrimage. There are times when the road can be brutal, harsh, and lonely. During such times you may become depressed or discouraged, and contemplate abandoning the journey all together. I have found that God is faithful to send a friend in such trying times that always seem to know how to encourage and challenge you to keep going when you don’t think you can.

Scripturally, a good friend is one who “sharpens” or motivates you to do what is right even at their own expense. An example of this is found in the friendship of Jonathan and David. By all rights Jonathan was supposed to be the next king of Israel, but he encouraged David to take the throne because it was what God wanted. Jonathan forfeited his throne so that David could follow God’s will (1 Samuel 19:1-7).

Be careful in your choice of friends. Be intentional about who you surround yourself with. You don’t need perfect fiends, but you do need friends whose hearts are set to follow God. You need friends in your life who will encourage you to become the person God intends you to be.

Likewise, when you have found that kind of friend, reciprocate the action. Be an encourager; seek to help others know God in a deeper manner; be the kind of friend that is determined to help others become more like Christ. In short, when you find iron…be iron.

Scripture to Claim:

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17 ESV

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