As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
(Proverbs 27:17, NLT)
Sharpen Each Other
This principle is true in relationships: If you see the good in your spouse, your children, and your friends, focusing on their strengths and praising them for what you like about them, that will draw out more good and improve your relationship. People improve when you praise them for their good qualities. Your spouse can have a hundred good qualities, but if you focus on the three things you don’t like, it will drive a wedge between the two of you.
If you overlook the things you don’t like and focus on the things you do like, it will change the atmosphere in your home. God put you together so you would sharpen each other. Don’t use your iron to say hurtful words that cut like a knife or use your iron to try to hammer out all the flaws. The way you sharpen them is by praising them for what you like, encouraging them in what they’re good at, and cheering them on for what they’re doing right. Be a voice that pushes them forward.
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You’ve brought me into relationships to sharpen my loved ones and friends. Help me to overlook the flaws and weaknesses in others that get on my nerves and focus on all their good qualities. Make me a loving voice that pushes them forward. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”