You may have heard the phrase “Iron Sharpens Iron”, it is my goal to outline where this phrase has derived from, what it means, and how we should use this reference as a reminder as we maintain, build, and form relationships with others around us. The scripture “iron sharpens iron” is found in Proverbs 27:17: “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” There is reciprocal benefit in the rubbing of two iron blades together; the edges become sharper, making the blades more efficient in their task to cut and slice. Likewise the Word of God is a ‘double-edged sword’ Hebrews 4:12 , it is with this that we are to sharpen one another—in times of encouragement, meeting, or any other encounter.
lt is important to have people in our lives that mean us good and have our best interest at heart. We live in a world where everyone is looking for encouragement, props, and even conversations solely centered around them- although it is great to have friends and a team that is continually in your corner- you want to make sure that this action of sharpening is mutual. All friendships and relationships should be give and take- and it is vital to evaluate what you are giving out as well as what is being given to you.
I love this quote from Oprah Winfrey. It is healthy to evaluate who is around you. Who are you spending time with? How are they mentally, spiritually, and emotionally helping you get to your destiny? We can physically be around people all the time, but if there isn’t a mutual positive deposit in one another’s lives- you may want to ask yourself-how is this time I’m spending and whom I’m spending it with supporting me in my dreams, endeavors, and overall well-being?
After the evaluation of friends, circles, and associates in our lives- it is also healthy to be aware of people who may give constructive criticism. As important as it is to have people in our lives to encourage us and prop us up on every leaning side- it is just as important if not MORE to have truth tellers in our midst who can challenge our ways of thinking. Often times, it is human nature to be defensive or shy away from elements that another individual may bring, because it stretches us to think outside the ‘normal way’ we’ve always thought and operated in. I encourage you today to embrace getting out of your comfort zone and embrace the truth, and the people that will help you become your sharpest self , for IRON SHARPENS IRON!
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