Many verses in this chapter deal with relationships with others. Once again, I refer to our Small Group. Considering ourselves to be a band of brothers who have each others best interest at heart, we pledge ourselves to tell each other the truth, even if it seem to make us uncomfortable.
Would I prefer a friend's wounds to an enemy's kiss? I believe a friend who has my best interest at heart may have to give me unpleasant advice at times, which I know is for my own good. Now on the other hand, an enemy may tell me what he may think I want to hear, which would help me on my way to ruin.
In our Small Group we champion accountability.
Verse 17 says, "As Iron sharpens Iron, so a friend sharpens a friend."
Mental sharpness comes can from being around good people. People who can help each other improve by open honest discussions, constructive criticism that's sincere and positive and walking a spiritual journey together that leads to a deeper personal relationship with God. Our friends affect us, sometimes profoundly. We should be encouraged to spend time with people we want to be like.
Father, please continue to fill each one of us with Your Spirit and use us in any way You desire, to bring glory to Your Name. In Jesus Name, Amen.