Iron Sharpens Iron

Iron sharpens iron is what I call “Christianese” type of talk. It’s from Proverbs 27: 17 (LEB) : As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (LEB) is Lexham English Bible.

When I’m at a function and someone talks about something that I disagree with or don’t like or that stretches my thinking, so I have to really ponder what they’re saying, I might quip, “Well, iron sharpens iron.”

In some of the other versions it talks about “as iron sharpens iron, a man sharpens the countenance of his friend”, or “as iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens his friend” – this last quote is from the Bible in Basic English (BBE).

God wants people to think and seek wisdom and knowledge. The first universities in America were founded by Christians – Harvard and Yale. They provided courses to train ministers.

Proverbs is filled with admonitions to seek wisdom, and it states in the KJV-BRG in  Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge” is in the KJV in Proverbs 1:7a.

Proverbs also states in verses 27:6 in the KJV that “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”

To me, that means that sometimes my friend will tell me something that hurts but I need to hear it. It’s for my own good. I remember two ladies that attended our church many years ago. One began eating a lot of fresh garlic because she heard it was good for her health. The garlic smell started to come through her pores when she perspired and her friend told her that the odor was strong and unpleasant.

I know it caused a rift for a short time, but the lady forgave the other one and she cut back on her garlic. 🙂

I began to notice that the twenty-seventh chapter in Proverbs had a lot to say about friendships and relationships.

Iron sharpens iron is only part of it.

 

 

 

 

Wrestle or Surrender?

Ephesians 6:12 (KJV): For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

I love being a Christian for many reasons: one is experiencing God’s love as He shows Himself to me as I read the Bible. Today I read in Romans 8 that nothing will ever separate me from the love of Christ. Not principalities, nor powers, nor tribulations, and I’m paraphrasing here. I’ve been running into some difficulties lately, which feels like spiritual warfare. Some of the stress is because I need to let go of things and give them to God. So when I read Romans 8 today and then Ephesians 1, which reminds me that God predestined believers to come to Him before time began, I experienced such peace, which is the second reason I’m glad to be a Christian.

In 2 Peter 3:9 it says that God does not want anyone to perish, but all to come to repentance. In Romans 3:23 it tells us that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. So, we all need a savior to make it into God’s holy heaven.

I wonder if everyone is predestined to go to heaven if only they will choose. I guess that doesn’t make sense. Someone once told me that they thought everyone’s name is written in the Book of Life until they reject Jesus Christ, God the Son, or the Father, or the Holy Spirit, and then their name is blotted out. So I guess they believe everyone is predestined until they say, “No thank you.”

The third thing I enjoy about Christianity is leaving the guilt behind. Once I repent, if I need to every ten minutes, God says our sins are as far away as the East is from the West in Psalm 103:12. He remembers them no more.

The fourth thing that I enjoy is that God wants what’s best for me and for all of mankind, so He tells us in the Bible to fear not. My daughter said it tells us that 365 different places in the sixty-six books. Which is why I’ve been willing to face rejections when I send manuscripts out to publishers. I ignore the fear and try to do the best writing and follow the writers’ guidelines and choose topics the editors actually want to see and send them out.

So, do I wrestle against flesh and blood when things go bad in my life and people act against me? According to God, when terrible things come my way I have to consider the source. Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy, Jesus said in John, chapter 10. Jesus came to give life and that abundantly, according to John 10:10.

I write because I really like to write. I surrendered my life to God many years ago so I will never have to surrender to the enemy of my soul, who only wants to inflict pain, and keep me from what I like to do. When things get bad, I turn to the word of God and He fights my battles for me. Jesus spoke the word against the devil and the power of that word sent him scurrying. I speak the word and it changes the atmosphere. To God be the glory.