Reading this morning I’ve had several thoughts. I’ve come across this scripture in Ecclesiastes 10.10 Which shows the importance of Proverbs 27:17 as iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another.
I think you could look at it like this. That I’m the ax and if I’m not meeting with other transparent individuals that can sharpen me then I become dull and rusty. Then I began to try and figure out things on my own (PRIDE) and life becomes so much harder. I’m not sure if you realize but any tool that you use that requires an edge or saw blade that needs to be Sharp takes so much more effort to get the job done. It’s like cutting a steak with a butter knife (well, not my Ribeye’s that are done on the Green Egg, anyway you get my point 😊 )The wisdom I feel that he’s talking about In this passage is the wisdom of meeting together on a regular basis and being transparent with each other. (my opinion)
One might could say that if you have pulled away or are not meeting with transparent men on a regular basis you could be opening a door for sin to creep into your life. That very well may be the platform that the devil is looking for to operate from. Which is where Ephesians 4:27 came in this morning.
I would also say that you could be meeting with men that are transparent and you could still have sin in your life that you are tolerating.
Ecclesiastes 10:10 If the ax is dull, and one does not sharpen the edge, then he must use more strength; but wisdom brings success.
Ephesians 4.27 Any sin that you tolerate is an open invitation to the devil. Do not give him a platform to operate from.
I leave you with this thought. Do you meet with men that you can be transparent with?
Do you have sin in your life right now that you are tolerating? Lust, gluttony, …… you fill in the blank.
The thought process could be ….. Well that is just how I am …… I have tried but just can’t stop.
If you do have sin in your life that you are tolerating ………..Why?