Iron-Proverbs 27:17

Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
Proverbi 27:17 “Il ferro forbisce il ferro; così un uomo ne forbisce un altro.”
 
     If you put iron upon iron and begin to rub them together, two things will happen. First, the shape will begin to change and, secondly, both pieces of iron will become sharper. The meaning of this proverb seems obvious: we need each other to help shape our lives and become wiser in this world. It can also work in two ways: for better or worse. We think of this verse in a positive way but it can likewise be read in the negative sense as taken from Proverbs 22:24-25: “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.”
     Alliances are made from similar tastes, shared interests and common personality traits. Who we are will determine the kind of alliances we make. Aligning ourselves with those who will sharpen us in the things of God will help us deal with the areas in our lives that need attention. As we are called to serve God together in His family, God will shape and sharpen us more into His image. This should be a reciprocal effort. Without a shared commitment, both images can be distorted. Hebrews reminds us in a similar way by saying, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” (Hebrews 10:24).
Pray with me: Lord, as I serve You in my life, I know that You use others to speak into my life as I speak into theirs. Help me to know what is from You and how You want to use me to sharpen others.


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