Today’s blog, written by Pastor Young Kim of Grace Covenant Church in Philadelphia, was originally posted on June 27, 2013.
Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend
“Two More Wise Thoughts from Proverbs”
Proverbs 27:2 (NIV 84)
“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.”
One question that is on everyone’s mind: How should we live? Ultimately, we need to live a life that will bless Jesus and bless others. If you live this way, many will bless you with their lips. But, of course, the greatest blessing will be when the lips of our Father in Heaven declare that we were good and faithful servants.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
This proverb implies that we are to be our brothers’ keepers (Gn. 4:9). It speaks of our responsibility toward one another to make that person better (i.e., to conform to the likeness of Christ). So, how are you doing with this responsibility and accountability?
Now, don’t it alone, for it is much better to sharpen one another as a team than as a lone “iron”. Another Proverb says that “plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed” (15:22). I think the same principle applies to sharpening each other in the Lord: Contributions made by several people, who may see different things about us, may be more helpful than just listening to one person.
So, how is your friendships? Have you let friendships slip by? List the people you hold yourself accountable to and pray for them. If you have not talked with them in a while, make an appointment to meet and catch up.
Prayer: Jesus, may we live our lives in a way that pleases You. We want to hear “Well done!” from You and You alone.
Bible Reading for Today: Acts 8