“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
I can’t tell you how many times I have heard this verse quoted. Usually it is quoted in context about people with good motives helping each other. Once in a while, someone will use the verse to justify themselves when their motive is wrong or their approach is off. That is probably a post for another time.
With this idea of iron sharpening iron we do have to remember a couple of things. First, it takes friction to work. Second, both irons lose pieces in the process, but both gain usefulness. It is mutual. Never is it one way.
With that in mind, this kind of arrangement/relationship is not be entered into lightly. It is good and it is right that we have people who fit this concept in our lives. However, we must be aware that there is responsibility and there is vulnerability for all parties involved.
We need accountability. We need people that will help us become better. We need to do that for others. It makes us all better. It makes us all sharper. It helps us all grow closer to God.
It will cost us. It is worth it.