As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.-Proverbs 27:17
I have read this passage dozens of times and heard it quoted countless times more. In general, it is used in a positive light mostly in terms of fellowship; that if we join together as Christians we will become better Christians.
As I read it this morning though another thought came to mind. It can be a warning as well. When we spend time with those who are not a positive influence, say a “sharp tongued” person, we need to take care that they don’t sharpen our tongue as well.
We have to choose who will sharpen us, who will shape who we are as people. That doesn’t necessarily mean cutting people out of our lives but, to be honest, if we can resist their “sharpening” it might. It means we need to be very conscious of who we allow to influence us and who is influencing us.
For me, I am choosing to spend as much time with the master sharpener, Jesus Christ. By spending time studying His word and in prayer I am being shaped and sharpened into a perfection. Will that work ever be completed? Not during my life here on Earth but someday it will.
Who is sharpening you? What are they shaping you into?