As Iron Sharpens Iron - Never Give Up!

As Iron Sharpens Iron - Never Give Up! Proverbs 27:17
A friend suddenly stops communicating. You ask if you've offended her, and she refuses to talk about it.

A relative is distant and angry but refuses your repeated attempts to discuss things. 

We're messy, fallen people and our attempts at communication are flawed at best. But we'll never learn godly perseverance if we refuse to respectfully listen to the concerns of friends and family, especially when those concerns are related to how we treat them.(1)

There will always be people who "shut down" relationships by refusing to discuss things, but we should take care not to be those people, even if it means we must continually forgive offenses (Luke 17:3-4).(2)

Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” 

This sharpening process can be noisy, abrasive and humbling, but it's important in our walk with the Lord, especially when dealing with family.(3)

Have you given up on someone in your life? Please ask God if there's something more you can do.
Check out these 1-Minute Bible Love Notes for additional thoughts on this subject: Movin OnGet Out of Yourself, and I Remember the Log.

(1) Sometimes big relationship problems can be solved by very small things. But our pride and stubbornness keep us from doing it.
(2) If someone becomes angry, we may need to take a break, letting them know we want to talk when they calm down.
(3) Whether we like it or not, God is the One responsible for placing us in our particular family, and He never does anything without good purposes.

To do a short Bible study on this devotion, check out today's Bite Size Bible Study.
As Iron Sharpens Iron - Never Give Up! Proverbs 27:17

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