A Few Thoughts about Proverbs 27:17

Proverbs 27:17 NKJV As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
As Christians, we have a large body of wisdom.
  • God has taught us through precept and laws.
  • God has taught us through people’s lives both good and evil.
  • God has taught us through people seeking/praying for wisdom. This is especially so in the Bible book of Proverbs.
  • God has taught us through the life of His Son, the Lord Jesus, the Son of man and God the Son.
  • God has taught us that He will give us wisdom when we ask for it. James 1:5 NLT If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
A harden steel file can be used to sharpen a knife, ax, shovel, etc.
Countenance
  • The Hebrew word is פָּנִים pânîym and means face. It is used in many difference ways
    • The face
    • A person
    • A seraphim or cherubim face
    • An animal face
    • The face of the ground, etc.
    • When used with a preposition it indicates a position relative to person, etc.
  • Here, it is used for people
Sharpen
  • Used to illustrate a truth
  • Used to show edification and grow in our Christian life.
How do we sharpen each other?
  • Encourage each other to Bible reading, study, and prayer
  • Kindly pointing out our errors in life, thinking, actions, etc.
  • Thanking each other when appropriate
  • Listening to each other
  • Finding a solution to a problem together
  • Discussing a topic
  • Using our spiritual gifts together. For example, one might have wisdom and the other mercy, teaching, etc. We need to be open to each other’s gifts.
  • Answering questions. For example, I don’t understand the problem of evil, but another believer has spent hours on that very topic. It doesn’t mean that we must believe them, but we can listen closely.
  • Praying for each other
Some other verses
  • Good counsel: Proverbs 27:9 NKJV Ointment and perfume delight the heart, And the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel.
  • Encouragement: Isaiah 35:3-4 NKJV Strengthen the weak hands, And make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, With the recompense of God; He will come and save you.
  • Encouraging each other to live a Christian life: Hebrews 10:24 NKJV And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,
  • Encouraging each other when facing difficulties: 1 Peter 4:12-13 NKJV Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
I do not believe the proverb refers to an argument where each person’s face shows anger.
Posted by Choco in 2019 at 14:43
Labels: Helping each other, Ministering to others, Proverbs

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