Growing in Faith: Friends
“Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
Monday’s introduction into Building Disciplemakers started with this statement, "Growing in my faith is for THEM, it's not for my sake.” When I speak of growing in my faith for my friends, my best friends, a husband and wife whom I have known for over 10 years come to mind. We’ve gone through a lot in those years; attended the same church together, served in ministries together, he and I were in several men’s groups together. When I had a stroke several years ago, he was the one who drove me to the hospital and stayed with me most of the day. When my son passed away they were with me at the hospital as well as the cemetery when he was buried. They’ve been here for me and have challenged my faith, my actions, and what I really believe. Likewise, I’ve done the same for them.
Doing life together for these years develops a trust between friends. As she said this past weekend “ you are more than a friend, you are family.” This relationship has deepened because of me growing in my faith. It has affected them as well and has grown their faith. Our growth in our faith has impacted our lives together. It has grown us from being friends to being family. We have become disciplemakers of one another.
Daily Battle Order:
Asking hard questions comes with a price – responding with hard answers. Iron sharpening isn’t easy but it does produce a sharpness in our spirit, soul, and body. Are you making Disciplemakers of your friends? Are you growing in your faith for your friends? When you begin to grow in your faith for your friends, it will change everything, it will lead THEM to open up their heart and the relationship and Disciple making.