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Iron Sharpens Iron

Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 27 P. 424 – Iron Sharpens Iron

Proverbs 27: King James Bible

Iron Sharpens Iron – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty seven, Verse 17

17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Iron Sharpens Iron

This is a very popular verse, and for good reason. First of all it’s easy to remember, and secondly its meaning doesn’t take much to wrap our minds around.

Iron sharpens iron in a particular way. It requires friction and causes a little bit of heat. The more dull one piece of iron is, the hotter that friction gets. A funny thing about this that shows us that the Lord has a sense of humor…

The hotter a piece of iron becomes when trying to sharpen it, it will eventually lose its temper. Maybe it’s because I’m an ex-sheet metal guy that I find the humor in this. But if you didn’t know, steel is tempered for particular reasons. Some kinds are a softer temper so it is easier to shape or work with, then once heated up (known as heat treated), it becomes harder.

That’s why you get steel tools that can cut through steel parts. Because one is better tempered than the other. But when a tool gets dull it starts to generate more heat than it’s rated to take. Things get too hot, then bad things happen. The moral of the story is, don’t lose your temper.

As aforementioned, this is an easy verse to remember. But in the moral erosion of today’s society, the days where iron sharpens iron are also slipping into memory. The more I think about it, the more I can notice this as a reality. Once it’s brought to your attention, you’ll be noticing it all over the place as well.

For sure this is going by the wayside here in the United States, but from what I can understand it’s not typical only to the U.S., but is happening worldwide. Iron is not sharpening iron too much anymore.

This goes for people in the church, as well as other topics especially politics. People with opposing views could be friends, hash things out, and still be friends. When this would happen, one person didn’t necessarily convert the other into their own way of thinking, but they would both walk away knowing where they held the most weight in their view, and where they were too weak and needed some brushing up on.

That is how iron sharpens iron, and how one friend sharpens the countenance of another. How often can you observe this happening?

It’s more prevalent now, for people to do what it takes to shut down anyone with an opposing view. We see this on a daily basis out in the world concerning political issues. I find it amazing how this can happen, but it does.

Friends stop talking to each other, and where there might have once friendly banter of one person debating against another, been bitterness has spread like wildfire. College campuses that once considered themselves a beacon of free speech are now zones of safe spaces for the indoctrinated, and any who oppose their idea of what is correct are shunned. We’ve witnessed riots happening over someone invited to give a speech!

And that is only over political issues, never mind how someone gets treated as a Christian in the company of those who are not. As I said, once you start to notice how iron no longer sharpens iron, you’ll notice its absence everywhere you look.

So what do we do? 

Well, we continue our walk in obedience to Christ. Our interactions with others isn’t nearly as important as our interactions with the Lord. Stand without being intimidated by the world and all of the bologna going on within it. If we do things his way, and through his gifts such as the fruit of the Spirit, we’ll be alright.

We need to understand the times that we’re living in, and the spiritual war that is transpiring in every corner right now. When we can keep the spiritual goings on in perspective, it’s much easier to understand what’s going on around us in the physical.

Know the ground in which you stand, and be observant concerning yourself when confronted over your belief by either a friend, stranger, or enemy. If this is done without any form of arrogance or pride on our part, it really doesn’t matter how they decide to do things.

When we focus on doing what’s right by the Father, or saying what’s right by the Father, the chips will fall as they may. Aren’t we supposed to aim to please the Father rather than pleasing man? If we’re honest and observant, we may walk away as being sharpened, knowing how well we stood against friction.

After all, iron can’t sharpen iron without friction. That’s the whole idea. That’s why the future causes me to shudder a little, when there is an entire generation that hasn’t got one clue as to how to deal with any form of friction.

Coloring books, dolls, and playing around with clay, are great things for little kids. But they’re not going to sharpen you in one bit as an adult. Nor does only giving the appearance of having a spine when surrounded with a host of like minded people, then hiding in a safe space when they’re gone. Ah well…

Even so… Come Lord Jesus!


Related New Testament Scripture

1 Corinthians 9: King James Bible

25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

Galatians 1: King James Bible

10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

2 Timothy 2: King James Bible

14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Hebrews 4: King James Bible

12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Jude 1: King James Bible

3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.



Thank you for your Word, and for teaching us how to be sharp, rather than being dulled by different things. Temper us Father, in the manner that suits your needs and compliments your will for our lives. Help us not to cower in the face of friction, but rather to stand after having done all. Guide us also to be receptive of where we need to be sharpened, rather than allowing any form of pride or arrogance to cloud our perceptions. All these things we pray, so that qwe may be strong and just representatives of your Kingdom. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.



When your iron sharpens iron, do you lose your temper?

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