Proverbs 27:17

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

From Ben,

In our ever-changing world, it is vitally important to go through the fight of defending your faith with a buddy. Growing up, my battle buddy was Caleb, and still is. He is someone I know I can continually rely on, as well as a man who will approach me about my faults, then bring me up in brotherly love. The verse I provided above is the foundation of this principle in my life. My dad constantly pointed me to this verse as I was growing up, and it helped shape me into the young man I am today.

This proverb was written during the Iron Age in the Middle East. Iron at this time had many impurities and defects; therefore, in order to sharpen iron, another alloy of iron (one that is possibly stronger) was needed to grind off the impurities. With perpetual sharpening, the project that was once an ugly mold of iron becomes sharp and ready for use. So what does this mean in the context of living a Godly life, especially as a teen?

Personally, I have seen this process and experienced it do amazing work in the lives of believers. As a christian, I am pursuing godliness, but I am an imperfect being who makes mistakes constantly. However,¬†every time I make a decision that is not directly in line with God’s calling, in the end I am sharper than I was before because of the counsel and guidance of another man. Another thing that intensifies this process is knowing your weaknesses. By knowing your own weakness, you can put the extra time in that area, being more precise about which parts in your walk with Christ need to be sharpened. As was done to sharpen iron, your friend who is walking with you will be stronger than you in certain areas, this allows for increased sharpening.

I encourage each and every one of you to invest in finding a battle buddy, godly friend who sticks closer than a brother. I am convinced that without having a godly friend beside you through all trials, tribulations, and especially joyful times, become more Christ-like will be evermore challenging. With God’s continued grace and the countenance of another believer, that once ugly mold will be a new warrior for the kingdom of God, a warrior who has been strengthened, a warrior who has been humbled, and a warrior who has a friend to cover their back. Don’t do it alone!