Proverbs 27:17 - Iron Sharpens Iron.
Proverbs 27:17: Iron Sharpens Iron.
Proverbs 27:17 (NIV) As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens
Proverbs 27:17 (NLT) As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens
Snow-covered mountains whizzed by. Carter couldn't wait to
get out of the car. This year his dad was going to let him chop down
a Christmas tree. Not his family's Christmas tree. Dad would chop
down that one. But a neighbor had offered to pay Carter to bring him
back a tree. Dad guided the car off the highway and onto a dirt road.
He pulled to a stop, got out, and grabbed two axes. Almost
immediately, Carter found the perfect tree. Dad spotted another nice one
close by. He handed his son an axe.
"Lets see who can cut down his tree the fastest," Carter said.
Carter ran to his tree and started to chop with fury. First,
he removed some of the lower branches to get to the trunk. Then he
hacked with gusto. Every so often, Carter glanced at his dad, who was
working at a steady pace. Carter even saw him take a break while
cradling his axe. He's probably praying that he'll beat me. Carter
thought with a smile.
Moments later. Carter heard his dad's tree crack and fall to
the ground. Carter was less than halfway done.
"How did you best me?" Carter yelled. "I didn't even take a
"You worked really hard," Dad said, "but I took time to
sharpen my blade."
Examine The Case
Exerting a lot of effort doesn't always lead to an effective
life for Christ. You need to make sure your blade is sharp.
Ecclesiastes 10:10 says. "If the ax is dull, and one does not sharpen its
edge, then one must exert more strength; however, the advantage of
wisdom is that it brings success" (HCSB). So how can you be wise when
it comes to living for Jesus?
One of the best ways is to find a friend who shares your
beliefs. Do you know somebody who loves God and wants to grow in their
relationship with Jesus? Maybe you could ask to be accountability partners.
Meet regularly to find out what God is teaching you, pray for each
other, and talk about problems and successes. If you can't think of a
good accountability partner, ask your mom, dad, or youth pastor.
Proverbs 27:17 tells us it's important to have somebody in our lives to
make us sharper.
Our own individual efforts can only get us so far. Instead of
working harder, we need to work smarter and find a friend who can help
us grow closer to Christ.
"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another"
Proverbs 27:17. [Case For Christ For Kids by Les Strobel]
Mental sharpness comes from being around good people. And a
meeting of minds can help people see their ideas with new clarity,
refine them, and shape them into brilliant insights. This requires
partners who can challenge one another and stimulate thought"people who
focus on the idea without involving their egos in the discussion;
people who know how to attack the thought and not the thinker. Two
friends who bring their ideas together can help each other become
sharper. [Life Application SB]
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Musical Devotional On Christian Living:
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