As Iron Sharpens Iron

King Solomon imparts his wisdom to make youths’ naive nature wise and wise men even wiser in the book of Psalms. In the depths of his knowledge, given to him by God, Solomon shared, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Pro. 27:17). The context of those few words is rich in wisdom, for they speak directly to the interaction of human relations; how we are to interrelate with one another. The people with whom we interact contribute to the shaping of our character, especially in our youth, and as we continue to grow and age.

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The global society has lost the capacity to listen to one another. It has become more polarized than ever, with many people driven by hatred for others who disagree with their opinions. As that divide continues to increase, it will lead society to a point where wisdom can no longer flourish and allow people to grow. As followers of Jesus Christ, we should expect such behavior in a fallen, sin-plagued world, but we should never see it in the church. If everyone in a church body only desired to sharpen and never be sharpened, that congregation would stagnate in its spiritual growth and become an ineffective tool in God’s hand to reach the lost.

Therefore, as we set out each day, let us always seek opportunities to sharpen other believers and allow other believers to sharpen us. Doing so works to keep the church anchored to God’s word and faithful to heed and keep His instructions. It will enable the church, as a whole, to reach greater depths in spiritual growth and become a mighty tool in God’s hand to reach the lost with the good news of Jesus Christ. So, whom will you sharpen today, and whom will you allow to sharpen you? God bless.


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