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“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” - Proverbs 27:17

Comment:

Solomon the prophet stated these words over three thousand years ago. He was talking of communication. God uses mates and true friends who are willing to “speak the truth in love” – to confront us truthfully yet tactfully about our weak spots – in order to “sharpen us” to be more Christ-like. By communication we develop our own spiritual life.  Every one of us is commanded by God to grow in grace (2 Peter 3:17, 18) and to be mature in Christ.  One cannot be properly matured without learning to think, communicate, and share one's feelings.  When one is able to share and relate, he finds himself growing and maturing in Christ. 

There are so many blessings that come from proper communication that it would be hard to list them all.  Communication in the marriage, in the Christian home, results in clear conscience.  That is one of the basic needs of every human being. One cannot genuinely love as God wants one to be unless he practises clearing the air and his conscience.  This is done by communication.  Another blessing is a flow of information which brings peace in the home.  People who have access to all the facts can make intelligent decisions.  God brought the husband and wife together to complement one another, and to build a great team together. – Genesis 2:24; Proverbs 18:22; 19:14.

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