Build a sincere relationship. We were created for relationships, to interact with one another and to help each other. Now for those of you who may not be familiar with this reference, I think that it is very important to know that God declared the significance of fellowship before Adam and Eve chose to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Think about this for a moment: if companionship was vital before sin entered the world, how much more important does it become after the fall of man? The fact is that we need each other. We need to serve and encourage each other as we face life’s obstacles. We need to help each other avoid temptation. We need to share in each other’s joy. We need to use our experience and wisdom to help teach and lead others. We need to show each other mercy and grace in love.
Surround yourself with people that challenge you, facilitate growth in you and can help you in realizing and achieving your full potential.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)
When you develop sincere relationships where trust can foster honest and open discussion, then our unique differences of thoughts and ideas can help hone and sharpen one another. It is through opposing viewpoints that we may glean truth.
The second aspect of “iron sharpening iron” is accountability. Accountability presents a challenge, a responsibility that many people are either unwilling or too afraid to take. However, the truth is that there may not be anything more important to individual development than accountability. An excerpt from The Journey Principles book, offering practical approaches to healing your relationships through God’s love.