By on December 1, 2016

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Iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

Never have I been more aware of the implications of this verse than I was yesterday. I had an early breakfast with a young professional and lunch with another. Sandwiched between was some time at the gym with my friend Mo. After lunch Peggy and I went to the funeral home to pay our respects to the family of a dear friend who was faithful until the end.

My companions for breakfast and lunch both had questions for me about relationships with young women. I left both meetings asking myself “are you still a learner?” “Do you make the most of time with others to ask questions?”

“Iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”

As Mo and I left the gym we were commenting on our obvious B.O. (Deep conversation between men) Mo told me that he had recently purchased a map in a frame as a gift for his wife. The store he purchased it from also sold candles and incense which left a distinct odor on the picture. He put the picture in their basement but each time he was in the room he could still smell the aroma from the store where the picture and frame were purchased. Mo asked me, “I wonder if I smell like Jesus to others who are around me?” (“For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved…” 2 Corinthians 2:15) Each time I see a picture frame or go to the gym I will ask myself “Do others smell Jesus when they are around me?”

“Iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”

As Peggy and I left the funeral home we talked of Barbara’s life. She was always full of joy, never complained. We talked of how our lives are different because of hers. We talked of her faithfulness to care for her aging mother until the day she died and then for a husband fighting Alzheimer’s. We talked of the fun she had with her friends and family. “Will I be faithful to the end?” Will I live with joy, refusing to complain?”

Iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”

Questions for reflection

  1. Who are the ones who are sharpening your life?
  2. How are they helping you to be more like Christ?
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JOHN D. BROOKS
Wichita, KS

I am a devoted follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. I aim to lead a life worthy of my Lord with the utmost humility, to please him in every way, to bear fruit in every good work and to continuously grow in the knowledge of God.

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