Proverbs 27:17 – “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
Lately, I’ve found myself becoming addicted to yet another television show. My latest is Forged in Fire. On this particular show, there’s a competition between individuals who make knives and swords. I find it fascinating, and I’m amazed at what I’ve already picked up on about the process of making a blade.
One thing that’s probably the most common mistake of a forger is their failure to appropriately harden the knife or sword blade. It has to be done in a certain way. After heating the blade, it’s quenched in a bath of oil. If you quench it in water or do so inappropriately, you can cause flaws or cracks in the blade. It’s quite interesting.
For me, my closest forging experience would be sharpening my pocket knife using my sharpening rod. By passing one hard surface against another, the blade is sharpened.
The Bible tells us that by our interaction with fellow believers, we become sharpened. That process involves exposing ourselves to others around us who are also believers. In the process of interaction with other believers in our service to God, we become sharper then we ever could on our own.
Why? Because a blade can’t sharpen itself. It needs contact with another substance or source of hardness. For us, that contact includes encouragement, advice, and instruction. All in love.
It does not involve judging each other in a condescending or negative way. To do so is almost like quenching your heated blade in a bucket of water. It will do more damage than good.
Today, be encouraged to involve yourself with fellow believers. That interaction is a holy relationship that will sharpen you beyond anything you’re capable of doing yourself.
It’s uncomfortable at first, but it’s worth the effort to become a sharpened instrument for God.
Have a blessed day!