Key Scriptures: Proverbs 27:17 "Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another."
1 Corinthians 15:33, “Do not be deceived: Bad company ruins good morals.”This verse is a pretty well-known verse as it points to some of God’s instructions given to us regarding relationships.
Context surrounding Scripture is crucial to a proper understanding of it. Why is the illustration of iron used in this verse? In Old Testament times, one iron blade would be used to sharpen another until both blades became more effective. There were no other tools or sharpening devices back then. It took time and persistent effort to achieve the desired sharpness. However, if left alone, both blades would become dull and eventually useless. You see, they needed each other to be effective in their work.
The same is true in the life of a believer. God did not intend for us to do His work alone, nor can we. Through salvation, God adopts us into a community with other believers to pursue relationships that are rooted in Him. Transparent, godly friendships hold one another genuinely accountable— allowing another to see, identify, and address areas of weakness in your life with the ultimate goal of pointing you to look more like Christ. Friendships such as these are refining to the believer and equip you in a closer walk with the Lord.
Questions to Consider:
Think on your biblical friendships. Do you surround yourself with “iron” to sharpen you and hold you accountable? Or do you allow yourself to be surrounded by bad company?
- Lord, thank You for the beautiful gift of friendship You have given us. Allow my life to be refined and filled with biblical friendships full of accountability and love where You are at the center.
- May I have proper motivation and a willing heart to allow others to see my weaknesses so they can encourage me to look more like You.