As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” Proverbs 27:17 (NLT)



Solomon knew the value of people in his life.  The art of sharpening iron so it could be used for a purpose helped a block of material turn into battle ready objects. A block of iron was not very useful in battle, as it would have been difficult to carry. Yet, a sword set a fighter up for victory. Through the refining and sharpening process, the same object was made battle ready.

Proverbs is full of wisdom on living life. Yet, the value of relationships is a repeated theme throughout this book. People influence and impact others for better or worse. Who are the friends and people in your life that are sharpening you? We can become haphazard about this aspect of our lives if we are not intentional with our relationships. We all need people who are going to challenge and shape us. It helps us be battle ready. Finding those people can take time, but it is up to us to cultivate those relationships. The grinding and reshaping process may require growing pains, but it can be useful in propelling us forward in our lives. Find a friend. Be a friend, and grow intentional relationships in your life that give life to your future.


Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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