Posted by: bshelley | February 11, 2009

Sharpen One Another


Today’s Verse: Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. NASB

Growing up, my parents were good about advising me about the companions I chose to hang around. It is true that we can be influenced for good or bad by those we surround ourselves with in this life. If we hang around negative or reckless people, that slowly becomes our calibrated norm. It effects us all without great care. The whole business of being “in the world but not of it” should be the subject of many prayers lest what is normal for us continues to slide towards a lower and more worldly common denominator. This is one of the reasons we are commanded to assemble together (Heb 10:23-25) as the church. We can encourage each other towards Christ-likeness and expect to be held accountable by folks who, rather than judging us, have our eternal destiny and interest on their hearts. This is only made possible by His Spirit within each of us who are His by rebirth. Accountability gets a bad wrap as people tend to want to “tend to their own knitting”; a very worldly attitude. Love should compel us to act as a whit stone for brothers and sisters in the faith and service of Christ. Calibration to Christ centeredness should be our goal for ourselves and fellow Christians as we walk in but not of this world together. Let’s covenant to keep our faith sharp and act to sharpen others in Christian love.

May God bless your heart as you seek His.



  1. Another good message Bryan. We each are to build up our fellow Christians because we are all being attacked by the darkness of this fallen world. God intended for us to get through the trying times together with him and those he puts in our path to help. We are to use our various gifts to help each other. A cord of three is hard to break.

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