As one piece of iron sharpens another, so friends keep each other sharp. Prov. 27:17 ERV
The Bible is a book of relationships. It would be impossible for one tool to become sharper without the presence of the other. Left alone, both blades would be dull and quite useless. This simple Proverb illustrates an important biblical principle. God expects us to live and serve in a community of other believers. Many people assume they just need solitary Bible study and prayer for spiritual growth. But some issues in life will never be changed by solo Bible study or individual prayer. God uses people. God often chooses to do his work through people so that we will learn to depend on each other. He wants his children to grow together.
In many religions, the people considered to be the most spiritually mature and holy are those who isolate themselves, they live in mountaintop monasteries, uninfected by contact with other people. But this is a gross misunderstanding. Spiritual maturity is not a solitary, individual pursuit!
You cannot grow to Christlikeness in isolation. You must be around other people and interact with them. You need to be part of a church and community. Why? Because true spiritual maturity is all about learning to love like Jesus. You can’t practice being like Jesus without being in relationship with other people. Remember, the Christian life is all about love, loving God and loving others.
I Declare: Today I declare that God’s Word provides me the truth I need to grow. God’s people provide me the support I need. And circumstances provide the environment for me to practice Christlikeness. I am not a lone ranger believer
Ignite Thought: It is impossible for one tool to become sharper without the presence of the other.