Good morning and greetings in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. My brothers and sisters in the Lord grace and peace unto you. Thanking God for this morning rising sun and the breath of life.
Turn with me to the Book of Proverbs 27:17-19. This will be our text and I pray God’s blessings on His word with His anointing.
17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
18 Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
19 As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
Good friends bring out the best in one another. This does not mean that they do not see and deal with one another’s faults, since this is part of the sharpening of each other’s personalities. They will find ways to resolve differences in love. As they do this, each one’s character is refined, just as when an iron blade is sharpened by the honing from another piece of iron. Even though sparks may fly, the result is a sharp edge. Anger is an emotion that surfaces in all relationships. It is not a sin to become angry, but it is a sin to vent it on others. God Himself experiences anger at injustice, which should anger us too, but it is how we handle our anger that makes us different. Righteous anger motivates us to use our time and influence to overcome evil. Unrighteous anger leads to retaliation, making us no different than the world. We must overcome evil with good. This is the very point I have been making for years. It is how you do it or administer the ego at the time of your anger. Many time the anger is directed to the wrong and innocent bystander.
The principle of sowing and reaping is taught throughout Scripture. Whoever cares for a fig tree by watering, fertilizing, and pruning it will also eventually receive its fruit. Similarly, the servant that faithfully serves his master will eventually receive honour from him. Since Jesus is our Master, this principle applies to us. If we faithfully serve Him, He will honour us in due season. A day will come when we will hear Him speaking words of praise to us, such as those spoken to the righteous in Matthew 25:21.
As water reflects a man’s image, the heart of man reflects or relates to the heart of another man. If someone speaks from his spirit, those who are spiritually alive and walking in the spirit will hear and receive his words. If someone speaks from his emotions or soul, it moves people’s emotions or soul; and what is spoken from the intellect is perceived by the intellect.Spirit communicates with spirit, soul with soul, and mind with mind. These levels of communication are the reason we have feelings of endearment when talking with certain people and sense others to be distant. We reflect the level from which people are coming, sometimes only partially understanding them. Have you ever tried to share wonderful news with a slight acquaintance? You share on an emotional level, but that person can only understand you on an intellectual level. He cannot share your joy. If you never experience it take these words and try. I don’t care how much you try to convince a person that the message is wrong, he is bent in his own ways and nothing will change his concept.
Christians should not form strong attachments with non-Christians since we can only relate to them through the soul, which can lead us into sin (2 Corinthians 6:14). Only our prayers through the power of the Holy Spirit can change the hearts of those in darkness.
Let us pray
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for the wealth of wisdom from the book of Proverbs in Your Holy Bible. Help me to apply it to my life in all my daily affairs. Lord, may I always be sincere and honest in my relationships with others. Give me a gentle and understanding heart toward those who do not know You, so that my life and prayers will affect them, and bring them to the knowledge of Your dear Son. Fill me with the Holy Spirit today, so that all whom I come in contact with will sense Your presence. I ask this in the Name of Jesus. Amen.