New International Version (NIV)
17 As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another.
When you have plans to help another human being, it is important to remember that they are, in fact, human. If something tells you in your gut that maybe now isn’t the best time to talk to that person, listen to that feeling. That might actually be God whispering it’s just not time. Do you ever wonder why things come to you at just the right time? Why a friend messages you just as you were thinking you needed to talk to someone? That’s the way it was with me and a relative of mine. It was until recently. When we read the Bible, and pray for our friends and loved ones, are we doing so out of a sincere desire to help them or we doing so because we simply say “I’ll pray for you.”
What is really driving you? Is it honest devotion to God or is it something else? If we are thinking with the person in mind, we will be driven to call them. Not continuously send them messages that have no real voice or love attached. Why would you continue to message a person and not truly, honestly reach out to someone in a way where it matters? What if you drove right by the person’s house a thousand times and it was well-known you were close, but all you did was message them and say “I’m thinking of you.” Do not let your words be empty. Show how you are, in fact, sharpening another. In Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 it even says 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
Words mean nothing if behind them lie empty actions. I have a friend who has been with me at my best and at my worst. She is there for me when the pain is so great I have cried. She is there for me when I want to give up. She messages me and says “I will drive to a medical research center with you. There is someone who can help you, I know it.” It is important that your words match your actions. So my spirituality is still good because I know that no matter what, God has put things in my path for a reason. The reason will be clear to me one day. Matthew 17:20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”