The Precursor

Just as iron sharpens iron,
a person sharpens the character of his friend
(Proverbs 27:17 Contemporary English Version).

It’s worth meditating on Solomon’s one short verse. He focuses on improving character of another — body, mind, and soul. It’s a precursor to the Great Commission commanding us to make disciples and teach new believers to live God’s ways.

Teach God’s Ways

In a Christian setting this means teaching new believers to blossom in their understanding and knowledge of biblical concepts—to grow in their faith. When Jesus commissioned us to make disciples of all men, he was teaching everyone God’s ways:

Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19,20 The Message).

Train to Succeed

The world’s concept is that a mentor or leader would train a person to be the best they could be. (All God intended them to be). This could be work related, character building, family life instruction, financial guidance, or many other areas needed to live a godly and productive life.

The intent of this poignant verse, iron sharpens iron is to build good character in others. It’s a precursor to the Great Commission commanding us to make disciples and learn to live God’s ways.

Prayer: Father, help me be a light for others to see you in action. I need your continuing guidance every day. Selah.