Thursday, July 12, 2012

Iron Sharpens Iron ~ Not only a Verse for Men

“Iron sharpens iron, and one (wo)man sharpens another”.
Proverbs 27:17
MDF is one of my best sharpening friends. Even though our friendship is rather young, we’ve know from its inception that our hearts, our desires were similar. We connected quickly and our friendship has grown rapidly. I am so thankful for MDF.

Her sharpening is not always through her words to me; often it comes as we live life together, work together, share ideas, rub shoulders, drink coffee.

I’m learning about trust through my friendship with MDF.
  • I don’t always need to add my opinions to our (or her) decisions.
  • I need to be aware if my suggestions or even my questions are advice in disguise.
  • I don’t need to share all my concerns about something we’re both mutually vested in.
  • I need to allow her to live out her ideas and the life God created in her.
  • Affirmation is a great way to communicate trust.

I’m also learning that we will disappoint each other; we have the ability to hurt each other; we are going to offend each other and need to seek forgiveness.

In Stephen Smith’s book, The Jesus Life, he speaks of friendship and how when Jesus chose His friends, he started with the end in mind. Jesus knew their strengths and weaknesses—even Judas’ future of betrayal—from the beginning. “Knowing this, He still fully loved and embraced people and invited them in His life and mission”. (page 137)

Jesus loved, accepted, embraced, invited. Because I experience this with MDF, I also am blessed by the sharpening of her life. 

“Accept one another, just as Christ accepted you”.
Romans 15:7

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