They can be fun. They can be trouble. They can be peace. They can be chaos. They can contribute to your betterment. They can be your ultimate demise. What are “they”? They are friends. Do your friends contribute to your life or take away from it? It is important to know the answer to this question, because friends are very powerful forces with the capability of doing both. This brings us to our key text coming out of Proverbs 27:17 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
This scripture tells us that our friends ought to refine who we are. Likewise, we should strive to be that type of friend to others. Just as iron sharpens iron, friends should better friends. Countenance not only refers to the expression on one’s face but also the act of enduring, encouraging, and morally supporting. Hence for believers, sharpening our friends does not simply mean putting smiles on their faces but also: providing moral support to make righteous decisions, being there to encourage them in the Lord when they feel down, and enduring the test of storms with them rather than abandoning them. This is the type of friend we want, and the type of friend God wants us to be.
We must remember that a being a Christian is not just about how we lead our own lives from day to day but how we treat others along the way. Followers of Christ are to be a reflection of the Heavenly Father and the love that He shows us. When people — whether they are a believer or not — see us, they ought to see Christ inside of us, and being an iron-solid friend is a very significant part of shining Christ’s light in this dark world.
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