Iron Sharpening Iron
Reading this morning in the book of Proverbs 27:17, the Word of God states clearly that we are to help sharpen the countenance of our friend. Just like iron sharpens iron.
Knives are an important commodity, I find myself feeling undressed if i go out onto the farm without a knife. It's extremely handy, often in an emergency situation: Maybe a young animal has got caught up in a snare, a rubber pipe needs cutting and joining to save precious water being wasted, or a make shift halter needs to be made for a run away horse. Without a sharp knife the work cannot be achieved.
The emphasis of course is on the word sharp! Nothing worse than trying to work with a dull, blade. A good farmer's knife will always be well oiled and razor sharp.
So it is in the Kingdom of God. We as the Children of God are to sharpen each other, always in love. To sharpen iron a file is needed or a grindstone and that can be painful, but always worthwhile in the end.
Let us truly love one another by a gentle correction, an encouragement or word of wisdom, so that we can keep each other sharp for the work of our Lord Jesus.
Angus and Jill Buchan