Thursday, September 7, 2017

Iron Sharpens Iron

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Daily Gratitude Year 5-Day 249: Today, I am grateful iron sharpens iron.

I like some things very sharp. Pencil and pen tips. Scissors. Knives. And, even needles. (I can't resist a shout out to sharp dressers, too.) 

Sharp tools get the job done faster and more efficiently. They can really prevent injury like back strain and errors like ripped fabric. 

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.-Proverbs 27:17

Yes, one person sharpens another. We all need mentors, companions and friends who challenge us, encourage us, slow us down and keep us from giving up. 

Friends, family, sisters and brothers by blood... the blood shed on the cross. 

My verse of the day goes well with the gratitude:

So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. -Colossians 1:28

No, we are not perfect, but we are made perfect through Christ. Forgiven and free to love as he loved, because we can let go of the pain, the baggage and the weight of sin. 

The faith journey is better with friends. Jesus knew that. He assembled the 12 disciples to go with him. A diverse and at times ragamuffin bunch. Still, iron sharpens iron and they taught and supported each other. They acted like brothers. The became brothers. 

There were women in the circle, too. Jesus values women far more than the culture. In fact, his attitude was counter culture regarding women and children. Some hated him for that reason alone. He said, "Let the little children come unto me for such is the kingdom of heaven." Children, at times, see more clearly because they have less life garbage weighing them down. Jesus savored the wonder of childlike faith and questions. 

The disciples had the benefit of Jesus in the flesh, but guess what? We have the joy of his written word and the Holy Spirit who is always present for those who invite him into their heads and their hearts. 

Our relationships with other believers should sharpen us for the work of the kingdom. Crazy love and sharing the gospel of hope, love and redemption means we are all needed. We all have unique skills and talents. Together, we are better. 

Today, I am grateful iron sharpens iron.

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