Friday, July 2, 2010

Sharpening of a Friend

Proverbs 27:17

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

I loved this verse! I know it is true, because of my friends. Since we have been reading the Word and discussing what God shares with us we have grown. We have grown because of God mostly, but also the friends and their thoughts on what He shares with them.

We ask each other questions about what we read. Then, we ponder the verses and then we revisit our discussion. It has been amazing.

When I looked at commentaries and searched the meaning of the words. I loved what I found about the original Hebrew meaning ~ it sharpens the face of another! Don't you love that? Also, sharpening a friend causes us to dig deeper on the subject and it promotes intelligence! God is so good! We learn from His Word and then we grow our intelligence when we are sharpening one another in our friendships!

It is my prayer that I will continue this reading with friends until the day I leave this earth. I will continue to grow in a more intimate relationship with Our Savior, but also with my friends. I know that God placed very special people in my life to share this journey with me and it is amazing! So, let me continue to be sharpened by my friends!

Sweet Blessings,



P. S. Did you catch all the verses about fools? Three Hebrews words are used in Proverbs to describe this kind of person. Kesil which means a dull or closed mind, it is used 49 times in Proverbs, more than any other Hebrew word for "fool". This person is a person that is seemingly harmless, but is totally closed to others thoughts or what they say. The next is "nabal" which is used only 3 times in Proverbs and refers to one who lacks spiritual perception. Remember, Abagail and her husband before she married David? His name was Nabal, not a name I would want, but one he deserved. The last Hebrew word for fool is ewil, used 19 times. Ewil means the whiny old woman, or the dirty old man, the people who turn their back on God for so long they have become set in their ways or crusty…Just a little added information for you today..

1 comment:

Frankie said...

Debbie,the reading today had quite a few interesting "nuggets." I certainly agreed with the one on "friends sharpening friends" that you wrote about.

For myself, I need to follow Proverbs 28:11, "Fools vent their anger but the wise quietly hold it back."

Then I think there might be hope for me when I am foolish according to Proverbs 26:12, "There is more hope for fools than for people who think they are wise."