“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend” (Proverbs 27:17).
Today’s Morsel: There is nothing worse than trying to cut something with a dull knife. I can remember my father sitting down with a file at least two or three times a year and sharpening all my mother’s kitchen knives, along with the axes and the saws that we used to cut wood, and sometimes he even sharpened the tynes on the end of the pitchforks that he used to throw hay or brush. Solomon said “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” He uses the same principle as my dad did to make my mother's knives sharp by rubbing iron against iron. When we say that someone is our friend, then we should do everything we can to ensure that they are kept sharp and alert. That means telling them when their clothes are too short, too tight, and can be seen through. Telling them when they are exposing too much nudity, they forgot to comb their hair, or they smell "odd", telling them when they are presenting an unkempt appearance. It’s telling them that their home or car need to be clean. It’s making them aware if they are neglecting their children and family. It’s informing them of their need and the importance of being at church and being on time. It’s encouraging them to read and study the Word of God so they know what God requires of them. And it’s also informing them of their responsibility to be more responsible for their own actions. A true friend keeps you on track. Are you a true friend or just an acquaintance?
Sing: You’re my brother, you’re my sister, so take me by the hand, together we will work until He comes. There’s no foe that can defeat us, when we’re walking side by side, as long as there is love, we can stand.
Thought For Today: A friend loveth at all time.