Be Iron

Iron sharpens iron

Do you have a friend that sharpens you?

You confess to each other.

You pray for each other.

You challenge each other as you seek God in your own unique lives and circumstances.

You inspire and witness to each other.

Have you bared your soul?

Opened up your heart.

Sought Transparency.

Loved through challenges?

Ephesians 4:2-3,15-16

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

I spent some time lately with a dear friend.  We have known each other for almost 25 years.

Her friendship is such a blessing.

No matter how we change, or how many years pass between times when we see each other face to face- I know she will be my friend for as long as we both live.

I can tell her anything- and know my heart is safe in her hands.  She loves me.  She knows me.

It takes work to build a friendship like this- and the grace of God.  Oh God is so good.  I can’t thank Him enough for the blessing of a whole week with her.

Laughing, sharing late into the night (and early morning) about all that we are learning in life- the challenges we are facing.

We are not meant to live this life alone.

We need each other- to love, support, encourage, be held accountable.

Hebrews 10:23-25

23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another —and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Sometimes I need a kick in the butt.  True friends don’t let you stay stuck- they push you- know how to “call you to the mat” in love.

We all need friends who will tell us the hard truth- who will not rationalize or help make excuses for lack of discipline when dealing with the sin in my life.

She has always been willing to talk about the hard stuff.  And the deeper you go, the more you confess, share, reveal- the greater opportunity for God to work change in us.

Goodbye to Fiji!

There is power in confession- in being held accountable by brothers and sisters in the faith.

Let’s not be afraid to give and receive tough love.  Be willing to hear criticism from those who love you.

We undermine the work of the enemy when we love each other in our weakness, when we bear each others burdens.

When we share from the heart.

Lord God, I thank you and praise you for my dear friend.  For all the times she has held me, prayed for me, and loved me through the ups and downs of life.  My heart feels so overwhelmed with gratitude as I remember all the precious times you have blessed us with.  I feel humbled and honored to call her my friend.  Lord, bless the women who have walked alongside us in this journey. May we be faithful friends- loving extravagantly and sharpening each other as we submit our lives into your hands.  All praise and glory to our God.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

 

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8 Responses to Be Iron

  1. Becky says:

    I love this, I long for it and pray that God will bring someone in my life with the courage to do this for me!

    Thank you for linking up with us today!

    • Rachel says:

      I have missed linking up over these past several weeks of vacation. Thanks for the opportunity to share; God bless you.

  2. Kelly says:

    I PRAY for this same kind of friendship!!!!

  3. Falen says:

    I have a friend like this. We have even asked each other, “how on earth do people do it without friends like this?”. We have only been in contact again for the last year or so and it has made quite the difference in our lives. Gods timing is always perfect!! Thankful for friends who love like Jesus! Great post!!

    • Rachel says:

      Amen Falen! All Praise and Glory to God for friends who sharpen us and are faithful through the ups and downs of this life. God bless you.

  4. Kelly says:

    This is such an awesome testimony. It’s true. We all need this. It’s wonderful that you have a friend like this. One of my closest friends moved away recently. I drop everything when she’s in town to be sure to get that time. It’s totally worth it. Thanks for linking up with us today!

    • Rachel says:

      Thank you Kelly. She lives far away- it had actually been over four years since we had seen each other. I feel the same- I would gladly drop all that I could to spend time with her and treasure those moments. Thanks for the opportunity to link up.

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