Do you have any friends who will keep you on the path? Do you make yourself available to keep others on path? Why not? Don’t need it? Don’t want anybody in to the dark side of your life? Don’t want to admit that you need help?
If so…you are a FOOL! I wish I was sorry to be so blunt…but I am not. I have had far too many times where I have been in coversations with men whose lives are shattered because they didn’t have anybody to guide them. Either they didn’t seek them out….or they weren’t available…or they didn’t know that they needed “help.” But think about those conversations….they are filled with tears, remorse…and regret. They are are filled with things like, “why didn’t I….”, “if I had only….”, I wish….”. And all you can do at that point is to offer comfort and support…but that doesn’t change the fact that IT HAPPENED!!!…whatever “it” was….
Proverbs 27 has two great verses…that EVERYONE needs to lean on…
- Proverbs 27:6 – Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.
- Proverbs 27:17 – Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.
You see….a FRIEND may wound you when he says something like, “what you doing isn’t good.” “What are the possible outcomes of the life you are living….or the lie that you are living?” “How is your relationship with God?” “How is your relationship with your wife/husband.” or the one that we ALL need to be asked…”IS THE WAY YOU ARE LIVING, WORTH CHRIST DYING FOR?”
Nobody wants to answer any of those questions…but they are essential. The are lifesaving questions…they are marriage saving questions…they are ESSENTIAL. You know you can’t answer the question, “how many lives do seat belts save?” But you know the answer is a lot! The same with those wounds…those questions that sting…and just like seat belts are sometimes uncomfortable…BUT YOU KNOW THAT THEY WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE!
And then the whole iron sharpening iron. I have sharpened many a mower blade and knife blade…and if they are really dull…sparks are flying everywhere until you get a good edge. BUT…they still aren’t really sharp, or not as sharp as they can be. That comes from the fine sharpening, that doesn’t cause sparks…but is constantly refining those impurities…those rough spots that need to be removed and so that the blade can be what it is designed to be. Here is a great quote:
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. Abraham Lincoln
The point is an unsharpened knife is almost worthless…because it doesn’t do what it is designed to do.
But be encouraged…YOU CAN BE THAT FRIEND to sharpen others! YOU CAN HAVE OTHERS SHARPEN YOU! If you will just let them. God didn’t put us all together to live lives that don’t build each other up!!! He put us here to sharpen each other! So get at it!
Be really encouraged…it may hurt…but it will save your life. And you won’t have to have you head in your hands telling “somebody” what a wreck your life has become. But what a blessing it will be when Jesus shows you in heaven how your sharpening caused others to do wonderful things for HIM!
Grace and Peace, Dan