1 Thessalonians Part 3 – Iron Sharpens Iron

Reverend Phil Simmonds


“Chapter 3 of 1 Thessalonians reminds me of the old saying – “iron sharpens iron” – which can be found in Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another”. In Old testament culture, one iron blade was used to sharpen another – which makes the sharpened blade more useful and effective. In the context of Chapter 3, this relates to caring relationships, sometimes involving criticism, and positive perseverance that encourages others spiritually and personally. May we be as iron sharpens irons to others.”