Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
We as children of God, start off a simply as a raw piece of hard steel. Our great blacksmith, our Father, is the one who will mold us into the greatness that we are capable of. The furnace heats us, breaks up down, and allows the molding to begin, when we accept that we must go through the furnace so that our true potential is brought out, and through situations, we are formed into the work of art that the blacksmith desires. Now that the blacksmith has set our shape we must then hold that shape for we are fragile, alone we are weak but together we can withstand the world’s wear. That is where accountability comes into play, we need to see where the weakness in our body is, this sometimes cannot be seen by ourselves, we need to rely on our brothers to help us toughen our weakness and then help up smooth our edges that have become rough from the wear of the world. As our brothers, who go through this wear as well, we need to be able to hold back the harsh wind, the rough waves of temptation, those who are strong in this can be our shields till we can stand with them. We not only smooth our the rough edges we sharpen them to prepare to defend ourselves, our brothers are our sharpeners, for as rough iron is ground down, you sharpen the piece of iron used for the grinding.
1 Chronicles 16:24
So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.
Our Fellow Man
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
We may stumble but God always has his hand out to hold us up so that no matter where we are, or what we are doing we can always start moving with God again without missing a step.