Today’s post comes from Anisa Larson, Finance Assistant at C3.
Be a Friend You’d Want To Have
Today’s Reading: Proverbs 27
Today’s Key Scripture: Proverbs 27:16 MSG “You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another.”
If you’re looking for a sharp knife, my kitchen is not the place to look! I have friends who joke about my knives and the fact that they wouldn’t slice hot butter! It’s so bad that if they are coming to my house to prepare food, they bring their own knives. Its safe to say my knives have become dull over time with use and unless I sharpen them, they are ineffective and useless.
Have you ever felt that way in life? Ineffective and useless? Ever had a pity party? I know I have. I also know God has placed friends in my life who teach me “It’s okay to fly through the barn, just don’t build a nest there.” Meaning, we all have moments in life where we are discouraged, hurt, angry, etc., but don’t allow those feelings to take root. Make sure you have friends who will be honest with you and not just tell you what you want to hear or agree with you all the time. A godly, Christian friend can sharpen you in areas where they are strong. It’s tempting to hang around those you feel “superior” to but don’t be afraid to surround yourself with Godly friends who are stronger than you in different areas. I have a great group of running buddies we call “The Pack.” There is always someone in “The Pack” faster than me (well they all are:), but they push me to go farther and run faster and I never have to run alone. Who is in your “pack?” Who is stronger in their prayer life than you and challenging you to pray more? Who is stronger than you in studying God’s word and challenging you to read more? Who is stronger than you in showing unconditional love and challenging you to show God’s unconditional love? Who is stronger in grace and challenging you to not only share truth, but to extend grace?
Proverbs 27:17 tells us that “as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Iron actually sharpens iron by shaving away any tiny bits that make the blade dull. Sin, even tiny bits of it, can make our lives spiritually dull. The best kind of friend is one who loves you enough not to mind their own business, but who is willing to hurt your feelings for a moment for the sake of helping you turn away from sin.
I’m so thankful for the people God has divinely placed in my life for me to do life with. I am thankful for friends who love me unconditionally, friends who push me to be a better person, friends who call me out when I’m straying, friends who challenge me to be more disciplined in my health, and friends who inspire me to love God more and get to know Him more!
My challenge for you today is: Be a friend you’d want to have!
Prayer Focus: God, help me to be a friend that sharpens others. Help me to see those you have placed in my life to sharpen me and help me turn away from sin. Open my eyes to those you have placed in my path for divine flow friendships. Help me to be a friend I would want to have.