Day Five:  A Sharp Spouse

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.  Proverbs 27

It’s no secret that other people influence our lives. Advertising & marketing companies have

long understood the importance of the influences that we exert on one another. Did you know the history of celebrity endorsement of products dates back to the 1760s when Wedgwood brand of pottery and chinaware used royal endorsements? For over 75 years, athletes have

been displayed on cereal boxes and to help promote sales. Even politicians have jumped on the bandwagon—it’s not uncommon to see a political candidate standing on stage with a celebrity or rock star.

Whether or not these endorsements have an adverse effect may not be scientifically proven, but the continual use shows that it indeed works. This revelation wasn’t uncovered by advertisement agencies back in the 1700’s—the concept goes all the way back to biblical days. All through scripture we read how others influenced others. Sometimes we think God is only concerned with spiritual matters, but the Bible has just as much to say about love and relationships as it does theology and doctrine.

In the book of Proverbs, David tells us to be careful who we spend time with because we often become just like the people we hang around. “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.” (Proverbs 13:20 NLT) The apostle Paul also pointed out, “Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Corinthians 15:33 NLT). When we hang around negative people, we become negative people.

Fortunately, It works the opposite way too. In the book of Ruth, we read how Naomi was a very bitter woman because of her circumstances. Thankfully, her daughter-in-law Ruth was positive, which, in time, spilled over on Naomi. Ruth’s attitude and actions influenced and sharpened Naomi.

Some of the best marriages are those where both the husband and wife sharpen each other. We are different by God’s design, and we think differently from each other. He intends us to take our personality differences to influence—to sharpen—each other. Doing this enriches our lives in a positive way and encourages each other to be more Christ-like.

For her: What ways do you sharpen your husband and your marriage?

For him: What ways do you sharpen your wife and your marriage?

For us: What personality differences do you have that can be used to sharpen each other in a positive way? Spend some time discussing what sharpens you and what you can do to sharpen your spouse.

 

 

 

 

Used by permission.  Cornerstone Christian Fellowship