Iron On Iron

Proverbs 27:17

Iron sharpens iron,
    and one man sharpens another.

Today I’ll depart from the New Testament and go back to the Old Testament.

One day while on my way to a gig, as I was driving through a section of town on the same road I use at least once a week, I noticed a banner.  It was strung to a fence that was protecting an old hotel that was being refurbished.  Part of the sign had the general contractor’s name, phone number, website, logo, etc.  That was on the left side of the sign.  On the right side was the verse from Proverbs that I referenced at the beginning of this piece.

Now maybe I noticed the verse because I was stopped at a red light, but I don’t believe that was the first time the light stopped me at that intersection.  I know they hadn’t just put up the sign because I remembered the contractor’s name and logo on the sign.  Something on that day made me look at the sign and read the verse.

I believe that the Bible, both Old and New Testament, is a manual for life.  It’s an instruction book for the individual because the individual is paramount.  The individual, each life which is a gift from God, is to be used to the best of their ability.  To waste such a gift is the greatest sin of all.

When I read this verse it says exactly what I believe.

Iron sharpens iron,
    and one man sharpens another.

It says, “one man”.  It doesn’t say a village, or a government, or a group, or an organization or party.  It says “ONE”, the individual, sharpens another individual.  “…one man sharpens another.”, One individual  to another individual.  One on one.

This is where differences are made in the world.  One person respecting, loving and helping another person.  This is where it all starts and it all ends.  The rest is just manipulation to fit the will and agenda of the covetous.

If each and every one of us just helped another, and I mean truly, honestly and righteously helped, with the love God gave to us, there would be no need for churches, charities and governments.

But we are humans with covetousness in our hearts, and there are those who prey upon the covetousness of others to satisfy their own covetousness.

One piece of iron can sharpen many pieces of iron, but it’s done one piece at a time.  The individual is the most powerful piece of iron.

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