Who Sharpens Your Iron?

Throughout the years, I’ve learned that friendships are very important. Although good friendships are few and far between, but there are some friendships we all have that we can depend on.
In the book of Proverbs, the writer likens the sharpening of friendship with the analogy of iron sharpening another piece of iron. Everyone knows when a knife is dull, it is very dangerous and useless. It is only when a knife has been sharpened that you can use it to its full potential.
Much is the same with friendships. In order to be effective in the Kingdom of God, we need those friends that are willing to correct, challenge and build us up, and we do the same for them. True friends are those that will encourage us and walk alongside us when we are going through tough times. Even when we slip and fall, they hang around to help pick us up and help restore us back to where we need to be. True friends stick with us even when those “dull friends” are nowhere to be found.
Sharpening may not always be easy, but God designed us to need each other for fellowship and for the advancement of His Kingdom here on earth.
My friend, I want you to thoroughly think about this? What do your contact log look like; dull friendships that are draining and not genuine, or friendships that will sharpen you and help you live out God’s best? “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend” (Proverbs 27:17).

 Carolyn Crow is a contributing writer and can be reached at crowcjo@gmail.com.