"As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend." (New Living Translation)
This is one of my favorite verses in Proverbs - I love the image of what it means. I see a blacksmith sharpening a sword and making it sharp and ready for battle. And that's what true Christian friends should do with one another - make each other sharp and ready for spiritual battle.
Marcia comes over almost every Thursday and though we hang out and laugh, we also sharpen each other. I remember once we were speaking and I responded "I'm saved by the blood of the lamb" (though I don't remember what the context of that sentence was) and Marcia said:
"Think quick: what does it mean to be saved? I'm a person of the world, explain that concept to me. Go!"
She caught me off guard and I actually fumbled through my explanation a bit (I struggled in trying to explain the concept of being saved or born again to someone who is of this world who doesn't use that language)! But it was wonderful!! She was testing me, sharpening me to be able to respond to a question like that at any given moment.
I pray that God would continue to surround me with faithful sisters so that we may sharpen each other as iron sharpens iron!
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