Iron Sharpens Iron

Remind your people of these great facts, and command them in the name of the Lord not to argue over unimportant things. Such arguments are confusing and useless, and even harmful. Work hard so God can say to you, "Well done." Be a good workman, one who does not need to be ashamed when God examines your work. Know what his Word says and means. Steer clear of foolish discussions which lead people into the sin of anger with each other. Things will be said that will burn and hurt for a long time to come. 2 Timothy 2: 14-16 (TLB)

Michael W. Martin lives in North Carolina. During this past school year, a colleague and friend approached Michael and suggested he start a Bible study for teachers. After some thought and prayer, Michael decided to send an email to teachers and other staff inviting them to his classroom for Bible study before school began on Tuesday and Fridays. He had no idea what to expect. But on Tuesday they studied the book of James and on Fridays the book of Philippians.

In Proverbs, we are told that "as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another" (27:17, NIV). It took a couple of meetings for trust to build, but they discovered that as they studied together they grew as friends. They became more willing to share their struggles with one another. They listened to one another. They prayed with one another. They encouraged one another - even checking on those who missed a meeting. God truly worked in their midst, encouraging them through scripture and through fellowship. Most of all, God helped each of them learn to rely more upon the working of the Holy Spirit in all their relationships with one another, their students, and with God.

Prayer: Dear Father, thank you for the Bible. Help us to grow as we read it, and lead us to find others who will faithfully study with us, in Jesus' name, amen.

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