Cotton Sharpens Iron? Never!

Cotton sharpens iron.  Strange statement isn’t it?  But many peoples actions today live true to that statement.  What I am referring to is that when you  are challenging someone to grow (spiritually, emotionally, ethically) many times we tend to put kid gloves on and hope we do not offend.  That we often feel if we have something to say to someone that is tough or challenging we often don’t say it or do not say it tough enough.  Now I am not saying that you should  be rude, overbearing or superior to everyone with your opinions, I am speaking about is the opportunities that we have to help someone be more.

Have you ever seen a Blacksmith at work?  It’s an amazing process to see.  The Blacksmith always knows what the piece of metal is going to be when he starts.  The fire is hot, and as he forges the piece, hitting it, bending it, molding it, it can be stressful.

Proverbs 27:17 says “As iron sharpens iron, so one persons sharpens another.”   If we are to truly sharpen one another we need to realize that sometimes that process will not always be pleasant.  That there maybe some heat involved, you maybe chipped at and feel beaten, but it is to make you into a better, stronger, useful tool.

True leaders need to realize the need to be sharpened and sharpen others.  That sharpening  maybe hard at times, but always for a purpose.

Who are you sharpening and who is sharpening you?


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