Insights from Proverbs 27 for the 27th:
Verse 17 is one of my Life verses: “As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”
This verse has served me well. When I have a dilemma or strife, I seek wise counsel. I hope you have someone you can go to for direction. If not, pray that God would put someone like that to pour into your life.
Iron sharpening iron is such a vivid and accurate metaphor. I envision a blacksmith hammering away on his anvil; FORGING. Or a butcher sharpening his blades; HONING.
The purpose of course is to be sharper, more efficient, and of better use for the Maker.
The literal translation says a man sharpens “the face of his friend.” Words can do that; change a person’s actual countenance. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide your mouth.
We influence each other; for good or for bad. Therefore, be careful who you listen to & who’s advice you let into your heart.