“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”
Proverbs 27:17 NLT
It is a custom in many African homes, that if one has a blunt knife, one just needs to rub the iron blade with another one, and then it becomes sharp. The benefit of rubbing the two iron blades together is the edges become sharper, making the knives more efficient in their task to cut and slice. In the same way, we are to sharpen one another as believers.
As part of the body of Christ, we are not made to be alone. We need to come together with our brothers and sisters in Christ for seasons of fellowship and prayer. Like the early church, we are to devote ourselves to teaching, fellowship, communion, and prayer with the brethren (Acts 2:42–47).
Corporate fellowship ensures accountability and divine unity. It is powerful. When we sharpen one another in fellowship, we strengthen each other and weaken the devil’s power.
In the relationship between David and Jonathan, son of Saul, we see not just friendship but fellowship. When David was being pursued by Saul, Jonathan sought David to strengthen him in the Lord (1 Samuel 23:16).
Iron sharpening iron is an opportunity to be strengthened and held up by our fellow believers when we fall.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV
If a knife is blunt, it continues to be a knife, but it is less effective, and usable in service. Let us, therefore, be encouraged to spend more time together in fellowship, exhorting, encouraging, praying, admonishing, interceding, sharing God’s Word, and praying over our ministry gifts and the needs of our local church.
A sharpened knife will also shine more because all the dullness has been rubbed off. Likewise, we will “shine” better for the Lord if we are intentional about our fellowship with the brethren. Make a deliberate effort to diligently fellowship with other believers and be accountable today.
Go to church regularly, join a service unit, attend evangelism, attend your cell/house fellowship often and pray together. Be that friend who sharpens his friend.
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