“In the Same Way…”

in the same way
by Dona Hake
Proverbs 27:17 (The Voice)
” In the same way that iron sharpens iron, a person sharpens the character
of his friend.”

I shared with you yesterday about being a friend that is loyal to the truth, and living uncompromisingly in your friendships.   I love the scripture from Proverbs 27:17, and I love the challenge it brings. I am sure everyone reading this has a friend or maybe you have many friends.  A true friend will
keep their eye on you, and they will get to know your heart. They will be able to observe by a mere, slight change on your face that something is troubling you. In the event you fail or make a mistake, a true friend will never leave you. A true friendship withstands much hardship, and will continue to grow in the midst of trials.   In fact we will see that the trials actually will be us stronger, if we handle them in God’s wisdom and His ways.   An individual that loves their friend dearly will also desire to share their own personal strengths,  and also draw from the strengths of their friend.


May we be ever mindful to be grateful to our Lord for the faithful friends that He has put in our lives.  Thank God for those friends that have not walked away from us when they see our faults and they purposed to love us instead. We should be so thankful for those friends that love us enough to
speak God’s Word even when we do not want to hear it. Many times our mind and emotions may not want to hear the truth but our hearts should be rejoicing at the voice of godly counsel. We must value it, and allow it to minister to us that we can be sharpened by it both in character and in countenance.

Proverbs 27:9
“Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s
friend by hearty counsel.”

Today I encourage your heart to seek Him, and ask Him to help you be the best friend you can be to those that He has divinely put in your life. I pray that you will recognize the God given strengths in your friends .   As iron sharpens iron, let us be willing to be used to sharpen as well as be sharpened!