“As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” Proverbs 27:17
A body that is deficient in iron will cause one to become physically weak. Likewise, a friendship that is iron deficient, where no one is being sharpened, will also become weak. People may fear upsetting you or hurting your feelings, but a real friend that truly loves you would much rather make you upset and please God instead of appease you.
Accountability isn’t telling people what to do. It is encouraging them to do what God has already instructed them to do. We are not just helping each other stay out of sin, but helping one another move forward into being all that God created us to be. We will never grow on an island isolated away from people. Nor will we grow if we surround ourselves only with those that tell us what we want to hear. We need people that get up under our skin and irritate us, those who encourage us to grow and mature. Not “yes” people, but a friend who feels personally responsible to help us become all that God has called us to be.
Prayer: Father God, I need more iron in my life. I pray that You send true friends that will not appease me, but will sharpen me and help me be all that You called me to be. Help me also to be iron for others, someone who knows how to hold people accountable without fear, but from a place of love and humility. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Read Hebrews 10:24)