THIS WEEK’S DEVOTIONAL
As iron sharpens iron so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17
The analogy of iron sharpening iron is so powerful. Iron is a metal with unique properties. Metal cannot sharpen wood, aluminium or copper. Trying to achieve this will damage the nature of the other.
The point to consider here is that the other iron is probably blunt and needs sharpening to be in top shape in order to function maximally. Your spouse may need some sharpening but do you really have a sharpening effect on him or her or do you have a dampening effect? You may be the one who need some sharpening but would you be humble and meek enough to allow your spouse sharpen you and not feel embarrassed or intimidated? The sharpening process is not always a smooth one. Some particles (part of you that isn’t relevant to the relationship) will have to be filed out. Remember the unique qualities of iron. It is lustre (has a glowing effect), malleable (capable of being shaped by pressure), magnetic (has ability to attract) and ductile (capable of being readily persuaded).
Do you have these qualities in you? Would you allow these qualities to influence your attitude and the manner in which you relate with your spouse?
Lord, I receive grace to be a positive influence to my spouse never to pull down, always ready to build up