“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
The NLT says, “so a friend sharpens a friend“
We all have friends who sharpen us in one way or another. But, have you ever stopped to ponder exactly what it is that you’re being sharpened for?
Are you being sharpened to use as a weapon that brings destruction and death?
Or are you being sharpened as a life-giving soul ready to bring goodness, grace, and truth?
On the surface, it’s not always easy to tell. Most of us love our friends, the good, the bad, and the in between. And that’s good. We should show love and grace to all people.
But we should also take a good inventory of the people we are allowing into the inner most parts of our lives. Are those people helping to build us up and encourage us in God’s truth? Or do they encourage us to believe the lies of the world?
And are we truly an encouragement to them? Do we sharpen them to be warriors for the Kingdom, or are we sharpening and enabling their worst qualities?
It’s so important for us all to find a few close friends who will encourage us, pray with us, pray for us, build us up, and check in on us. Friends who we can share our dreams with, no matter how silly they feel. Friends who we can turn to when we need help. Friends who will guide us in truth. Friends who will constantly point us back to Jesus.
These friends are not to be taken lightly, and they are not always found easily
So, here are 5 ways to find amazing friends who will become those “iron sharpening iron” people in our lives.
See you there!!