Saturday, July 16, 2011

iron sharpens iron.

inspiration: Proverbs 27:17

"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."
(Proverbs 27:17)

i, honestly, hadn't heard the reference "iron sharpens iron" until i heard about a conference for men on the radio a couple weeks ago. but now i feel like the "iron sharpens iron" reference has come up a lot for me lately.
in my devotional a couple days ago, i read this:

"Godly friends will sharpen us. They won't let us grow dull in our relationship with God or with others. They will keep us on our toes and will work with the Lord to shape us into the most effective people we can be."
(Daily Encouragement For Single Women)

we also discussed the importance of covenant friendships in small group this past week.
every person is placed in our lives for a reason. God ordained that so that we can benefit from relationship with each other by sowing into one another and reaping a harvest when others sow into us.

i am blessed to have amazing friends in my life. for years, my best friend joyann has been a huge spiritual leader in our friendship and as she is preparing to go to college (my little sister is growing up so fast!), i'm able to help give back to her; in college, i had a rockin' mentor, sharon, who sowed into me in so many ways; i've been blessed with amazing small groups who helped shaped me into the godly woman that i am today.

mentors like the Denleys and friends like Kels, Brookeulus, DJ HK, Katie in TN and Lia, Ashley, and Danyelle (my "tomato") here in Charleston.

friendships aren't always easy.
iron sharpens iron.
we have to be willing to keep each other accountable and that's what friendship is about.
loving each other enough to call each other out.
accepting each other despite their flaws.
seeing past the warts and acknowledging our own.

"A good friend will help you move. A best friend will help you move a body."

1 comment:

  1. This is one of my favirote passages. It shows the importance of having others around you. I also believe its an essential key for a Christians growth and maturity. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.