Scripture: Proverbs 27 (focus on v. 6, 9, 17)
Observation: Good friends sharpen each other; they rely on wisdom to speak into each other’s lives.
Application: Do you remember that nursery rhyme about friendship?
“Make new friends, but keep the old; one is silver, the other’s gold.”
It made friendship sound so easy – make new friends, keep old friends, realize they all have value in their own ways. But in reality, friendship is much more complicated than that, isn’t it?
Making and keeping friends requires time, and as we get older, time seems to be more and more difficult to come by, doesn’t it? Our time is often allocated to work, family, bills, household chores, exercising – and that’s all before friendship even gets a fighting chance. We can get so busy doing life that we forget to experience it.
Here’s the thing about life: the very best way to experience it is with friends we can count on.
“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” (v. 17)
This little proverb gives us a guide for the type of friends we should seek out – and the type of friends we should aim to become.
True friendship, built on a foundation of authentic love, isn’t always easy, but it’s always worth it:
“Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.” (v. 6)
Friends offer wise, selfless advice…
“The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.” (v. 9)
… and even when that advice is hard to hear, it’s worth listening to.
This week, let’s aim to become and seek out sharpening (not sharp!) friends, those who love deeply, advise wisely, and forgive quickly.
Prayer: God, thank you for the gift of friendship. I pray you’ll help me become the friend you’re calling me to be, full of love, wisdom, and forgiveness. I pray you’ll also guide me to friends who will sharpen me and always point me towards Your best for my life. Amen.