Forging a New Way

Proverbs 27:17-“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”

As a boy growing up in Virginia, I have visited Williamsburg, VA many times, and I still enjoy going there. I enjoy seeing the history of the first settlers and what it took to forge a new direction for themselves and their families. I can never forget watching the Blacksmiths masterfully sharpening knives and swords. They would beat the swords with hammers then stick the swords in the fire, only to see the sparks fly. All with the intent of sharpening the sword to make it more useful and effective. The truth is that you really don’t have close people in your life unless every once and awhile some sparks fly. Sure, we all need some “yes” friends. Those people that no matter what, tell us, “you’re wonderful, you’re right, you’re so good and everyone else is wrong.” At the right times, they keep us motivated and encouraged. But they usually aren’t the ones that fuel change and growth in our lives. Sometimes our own sword needs to be sharpened, and that requires, like it or not, some beating and sparks flying. Because our sword needs to stay sharp so that we can yield the sword of the Spirit when necessary. And so that we can also be the friend that speaks the truth to those closest to us. In order to forge new ground and take new territory requires our swords to be sharpened. Unless our swords are sharp and ready for the battles that the enemy throws at us, we will find ourselves on the losing end being devoured (1 Peter 5:8).

Sometimes our swords need to be sharpened.

It’s the real friend, someone who really cares about you that will tell you the truth. They will tell you when you’re wrong. They will let you know when you need to apologize. We need people that are going to be honest with us because Proverbs 15:32 says – “Those who disregard correction despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.” A true friend will encourage you and motivate you to do the right thing so that you can fulfill your potential. Their sword is sharp enough to do according to Hebrews 4:12 – separate what is your un-renewed mind, your flesh, prideful thoughts and actions from what are the actions of you living according to the truth. We all need that type of friend. Because a real friend will be there when you need someone for counsel, someone to lean on, as well as to celebrate our victories with. A real friend can see our weakness and even our failures yet will be there to love us, correct us and accept us. 

God says in Proverbs 18:24– “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. “The most reliable friend anyone of us can have is the Holy Spirit. Especially at those times when the sparks fly between us and those closest to us, we need to lean on the Holy Spirit. He will empower us to overcome any possible anger or the temptation to be unforgiving. God knows that in order for us to become the person that He created us to be, sometimes some sparks must fly. But no matter what’s happening in our lives we need to always stay close to Holy Spirit. He will always lead us into the truth of God’s will, Love!

The most reliable friend anyone of us can have is the Holy Spirit.

Love is patient! Love is kind! Love keeps no record of wrongs! Love is always forgiving! A true friend will love at all times and walk with you through the fire.  

My prayer for you today is that you will nurture those closest to you with Love!

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”