Read: Proverbs 27:1-27
Consider: Sharing your ideas with a trusted friend allows you to take advice and to perhaps refine the vision you have for the task ahead. It may also give you the opportunity to pray together with the other person, that God would give you boldness in following his way.
Why is it that we find it hard to share our ideas in this way? Is it pride? Fear of ridicule? Perhaps it is just that we all have a natural reluctance to ‘bare our souls’ in front of another human being.
There are two aspects to this idea of sharpening – allowing someone to sharpen you and also being prepared to sharpen someone else. Sharpening means being prepared to hear, or to tell, the truth even when there is a possibility of offending someone. Of course, the truth must always be spoken in love. If you have any doubts about what sharpening might involve, read Paul’s letters to the Corinthians and you will see that he was prepared to speak the truth, particularly when it was necessary to confront issues of ungodly living.
Your trusted friend might be a Christian friend, pastor or elder; it might be your wife or close relative. Whoever it is, pray together and be prepared to be held accountable for what God is doing (or wants to do) in your life.
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
Ephesians 4:15 (NIV)
Pray: Father, may we seek out those who are prepared to speak the truth in love to us. Help us to be open and honest with them. May we also be prepared to speak the truth in love to others when it is right to do so. Amen