As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. – (Proverbs 27:17, NLT)
As one piece of iron sharpens another, so friends keep each other sharp. – (Proverbs 27:17, ERV)
In the same way that iron sharpens iron, a person sharpens the character of his friend. – (Proverbs 27:17, VOICE)
I am overwhelmingly blessed to see how this principle plays out practically in my everyday life. In each of my various roles, God has given me great friends who walk beside me and challenge me to continue to learn and grow. As a mother, teacher, coach, athlete, friend and in all of these, a follower of Christ, I have fantastic friends with whom I am walking, as we sharpen one another to be more than we were before. May we recognize and invest in the relationship that God has given us to sharpen and shape one another into who we are meant to become.
As iron sharpens,
So friend sharpens friend;
Pushing each other,
To grow and extend.
For as we’re challenged,
Our character grows;
We become better,
As grace clearly shows.
Invest in people,
That bring out our best;
May we do likewise,
Through such love, we’re blessed.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You call us to love You and love one another. Thank You that You designed us for relationship for a reason. Thank You that as we invest in friendships, we learn and grow from each other. Forgive us for not dedicating the time and energy we should to those whom You have called us to walk beside. Teach us how to manage our time and energy so that we are able to fill the roles to which we are called, and walk with whom You call us to walk. Show us how to love well, all those that cross our path. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we sharpen each other to become who You are calling us to be so that we more clearly reflect Your heart to the world. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
You have made known to me the paths of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence. – Acts 2:28