” As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
There comes a time in all of our lives when we see our quality friendships going downhill. Maybe it’s a friend who has fallen into a discouraging situation and doesn’t see the light at the end of the long tunnel in which they are walking. Perhaps we have an opportunity to salvage them, to shine them up, and to set them on their way again.
How can we attempt this process together?
Give it time – We must let our friends share their frustrations. Healing takes time and without proper grieving, it may not be possible to help a friend recover from a painful situation.
Move it forward – After a long period of grieving, we might begin with leading questions. What do you see yourself doing next year? How do you see yourself moving past this situation? What step can you take today to move into a better situation?
Leave it behind – Help the person forgive. Holding onto a grudge will cause a person pain and sickness. It happens. In fact, a lot of sickness can be avoided by forgiving others and moving on. It’s not an easy process, and it often takes time and assurance from dear friends.
The test of a true friendship is whether or not both can sharpen each other. Are your friends sharpening you and being sharpened by you?