We all need friends, especially when they come along at the right time. There are so many Bible verses that teaches on the value of friendship, and their stories of true friendship like with David and Jonathon. In the book of proverbs, Solomon wrote, "a friend loves at all times," and "the wounds of a friend can be trusted. Our friends would be honest with us when our enemies won't. He even wrote that a brother is born for adversity and that a friend is closer than a brother." Can you imagine that? Fanny Cosby wrote a song called, "What a friend we have in Jesus." We can most certainly call him a friend. But when a friend helps us in time of need, or even counsel us, wow! Suddenly, we are dull no more!
The simile that Solomon used is iron. He likens iron to iron as a friend to a friend. "As iron sharpens ( or makes sharp) iron so a friend sharpens (make sharp) his friend's countenance. Chahad is the Hebrew word for sharpen and as stated, it means to make sharpen. It didn't give me much to go, but what came to mind is if something needs sharpens, than something is dull. What could cause a dull countenance and why would a friend need to sharpening. I looked up dull in my thesaurus and there it was: unrelieved, colorless, lifeless, etc. I know in my life, a friend had come to my aid and she revived me. It is so refreshing when a friend helps. It brings color to our face.
Can you share an experience where a friend sharpened your countenance?
Author of the Second Chance Series and owner of Unique Pen Press.