Iron Sharpens Iron
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
It’s there for a reason. Every verse in the bible has a specific purpose. Its message may sound different to each of us. We can debate whether 100% of today’s bible is written by God or if man influenced the end results through multiple translations and a King’s decree. If we try to over analyze faith or what supports it, we lose the mysticism God encompasses. Some things must be taken at face value. Other things in faith burrow deeply into our hearts, souls and minds.
I met with a friend recently. This friend isn’t a surface friend. This friend has a large piece of my heart and a huge amount of my respect. She is God’s girl through and through. Her faith isn’t up for discussion. She is a blessed child of the real king – King Jesus. I’m afraid that she simply brought up the wrong subject at the wrong time. Here’s what happened:
We were discussing what was going on in our lives to play catch up due to an extended length of time between visits. I was sitting across from her. We were laughing and enjoying our time together. She very innocently relayed this feeling, “I think Democrats are just rude.” Oh, my goodness. All the feelings I’ve been stuffing and trying to deny based on survival in today’s politically charged world came barreling out. Right towards her! I almost jumped across the room – literally!
Before I could stop myself, I blurted out, “Oh, you have got to be kidding me! Seriously? You want to talk about rudeness when you voted for and elected the most rude, crude and disgusting person ever to hold the office of President!” Yep. It was out. I couldn’t roll it back in. I couldn’t rewind the tape or hit “delete.” My desire to move on in life and get off the subject of politics came spewing out at her. I don’t do well ignoring or denying my feelings. <wink> Somebody’s bound to hear them…eventually. <sigh>
Because of the fact we are loving friends and because of the fact she is a much better person than me, the conversation continued. We decided there are times we disagree. Even though Christian people love God and love one another, we are not clones. We decided the reason this verse was include in the bible wasn’t to spawn disagreements or empower hostility. This verse is put in the bible because we better start listening to one another understanding that our eyes and our ears are just that – our eyes and our ears. We need to talk to one another BUT we also need to listen!
Pretending all is well or that everyone’s opinion isn’t valid doesn’t work. All is not well right now, folks. However, everyone has a right to their opinion. God used this verse to say, “Talk about it, kids. You might just learn something from one another about Me.”
I think it is interesting that God used blades in this verse to make His point. We certainly do cut one another to the core from time to time, don’t we? Instead of cutting one another’s heads off, we might use the “sword of the Spirit” (the bible) to spar intellectually. Not to wound someone spiritually or destroy anyone publicly.
Thank you, my dear friend, for being that sword on the other side of the table. I learned something about you. I learned something about God. More importantly, I learned something about me. There are more lessons for me to learn….