Proverbs 27:17 NLT
As iron sharpens iron,
So a friend sharpens a friend.
Have you ever found yourself ready to use a knife or a pair of scissors only to find out they were too dull to carry out their purpose? You may try to use a dull pair of scissors to cut a paper item only to find out they either do more damage to the paper then good or not cut at all. Perhaps you may have used a dull knife to prepare food and you end up working harder to get the job done or having to find another knife to complete your task. In both scenarios the scissors are still scissors and the knife is still a knife. They are unable to function at its full potential. With the pressure of sharpening the objects with a like object they are able to sharpen the dull edges that held them back. As a result they may even shine a little brighter prior to cutting again.
Just as these iron objects have dull moments so do we in our lives. There are times in our lives we find ourselves down, depressed, heartbroken, feeling defeated, confused, don’t know what to do, can’t think straight, can’t pray, and it is times like these we need the asset of a good friend to call on that can support us, encourage us, and yes, sometimes fuss at us and correct us.
Genesis 2:18a says “It is not good for man to be alone.” We often hear this scripture in teaching on marriage partnerships. However I have also interpreted this scripture to also mean we need the fellowship of another human being. We need someone in our lives we can trust and be vulnerable with. We need a support system and a person we can call on when we are too weak to carry our own selves. It is during those weak moments that we can connect with wise counsel to help direct us on track and encourage us and pray for us in our time of need.
If you are one of those people that don’t like to open up or you keep everything in I encourage you to pray and ask God to send someone you can trust, a person you can be naked and unashamed with your emotions, a non-judgmental person that can offer wise counsel and encouragement, a person who can cover you in prayer and keep you before God until your change and peace comes.
Iron sharpens iron and sometimes the precious gift of a friend is needed to sharpen another friend. Be Encouraged.
Heavenly Father thank you for the gift of friendships. We thank you for those individuals you’ve sent in our lives to encourage and pray for us without casting judgment. For individuals who have no one to turn to I pray you will send an angel their way to help release the internal pressures of life into a safe place. In all circumstances we know that you are with us, you hear us, and you always provide what we need. In Jesus Name. Amen
~Written by Felicia McKnight~