Book: Proverbs 27
“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”
This proverb brings out the importance of being around others who will encourage, challenge and support you. But there is another big idea here that is sometimes lost. This relationship, friendship, that sharpens you must bring mutual benefit to the other person as well. It should make the other person sharper and shinier in their walk with Jesus as well.
From the beginning, it is clear from God’s Word, that we were not designed to live our life alone. Adam was alone and God said, “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” Genesis 2:18 Solomon writes in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in trouble.”
When you buy a knife at a store it is generally pre-sharpened ready for use. But after some use it needs to be re-sharpened so that it can be all that it was designed to be. Is it possible to use a dull knife? Yes but it is not as safe as a sharp knife nor does it cut as quickly or as accurately. If you take two dull knives and rub the cutting edge at just the right angle long enough they will both become sharp again. Notice the mutual benefit to both knives. As you look at the knives just sharpened, you will notice that where they were rubbed together they are now shiny.
As you look at your friendships, do both of you mutually benefit from your discussions and time together? Do you help your friend become more focused on what God has for them and do you receive the same encouragement in return? If it is a one way street of encouragement without reciprocation, it may not be a healthy relationship.
Find friends who are Kingdom builders that will mutually encourage, support and challenge you in your life.
Matthew 18:19-20 “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”