Proverbs 27:17 ¶ Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. (KJV)

Conversation, communication, even conflict is profitable for us. Relating with others causes us to examine our ideas and beliefs. It causes us to dig deep into the why and why not of our thinking. This principle works when we find those who agree with our thinking and we can bond with them and reinforce our ideas and comfort ourselves in the agreement of a friend. We often look for “yes men” to assure us that we are “right”!

 I am not sure that this is exactly what God had in mind in Proverbs 27:17.

Iron Sharpeneth Iron gives the image of two hardened opposing opinions colliding with one another. True the verse uses the word “friend” but does a friend have to agree with me on everything. A true friend would correct and challenge me to greater levels of thinking and being.

Sometimes we avoid the very conflict or confrontations we need to sharpen us to greater effectiveness. Iron sharpeneth iron carries with the image of  spark flying, Metal being worn away, friction and heat being produced. But the end result is worth the pain.

A bright shiny new edge that makes us more efficient and effective. Why not be a friend to someone with a different political opinion, or someoneone with a different racial background or someone who has a different view of worship?

What are your thoughts? How can you be used to sharpen others and be sharpened in the process also? Have you experienced this in the past? Tell me your story.

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1 Response to FRICTION

  1. Tommy says:

    Bro Mike, I think your thoughts about this are valid. Most people rally around the things they have in common and shun their differences. I believe one of the reasons for this is because people are insecure in what they believe and cannot accept a differing opinion. This would be good for the Body of Christ but it also has the potential of continuing to be divisive. IF Christ is our foundation, can we accept other’s viewpoints without being judgmental? I hope so because there is no unity in the Body today and it keeps the Church from functioning the way God intended.

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