Proverbs 27:17 ((NIV)
"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."
"Iron cutting tools are made bright, and sharp, and fit for use by rubbing them against the file, or some other iron. So a man, who being alone is sad, and dull, and inactive. The company and conversation of a friend refreshes him. His very wits are sharpened and his spirit is revived."
There is mutual benefit in the rubbing of two iron blades together; the edges become sharper, making the knives more efficient in their task to cut and slice. In the same way, we as a friend, as God peculiar people, as a brother, a sister, son, daughter, mother, uncle, father etc sharpens one another. Believe me, we were made for each other! We must seek the betterment for each other. We all need a helping hand at some point in our lives. Someone to show us the way, someone to confide in.
At times we diminish the true value of others being a part of our lives. But we all have a responsibility to take heed to our actions and hearken unto proper guidance and upliftment for our whole being as well as others, in part. When two believers are involved in each others live mutual edification occurs. Another referential passage is Ecclesiastics 4:9-12 where it is is emphasized the effectiveness of two instead of one. "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."
Fellowship is a beneficial activity for humans in general, but m,ore so Christians (Matthew 18:19-20. It says, "Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name,there am I among them.”
Hence, how we relate to each other will affect the effect or impact that we have on each other. Several New Testament passages relates how we should relate to each in order to gain the most desirable effect. The body of Believers in Christ must do good to each other (Galatians 6:10), bear each other's burdens (Galatians 6:2), forgive each other (Colossians 3:13), restore each other (Galatians 6:1; James 5:19-20), submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21), encourage each other (1 Thessalonians 5:11), admonish and exhort each other (Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 3:13), pursue peace and mutual up-building (Romans 14:19), and stir one another on to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24-25).
When we encourage and edify one another, it is like iron sharping iron. Let's face it some tough love is included in these relations. As we edify and uplift one another individuals tend to be more effective in God's calling on their lives. We become stronger and more spiritually mature, and our lives become more transparent to the world around us.
So in order make this a fulfillment in your life , you need to spend time with other believers, converse your your concerns, ideas and feelings; at the same time be humble, respectful and open to change. Time its every thing. Constantly ask God to consecrate you unto His service that He will use you to help others in whatever way He wishes to use you. Be attentive to voice of His Holy Spirit and move when He says to move. Don't be selfish!
Everyone of us, at one time or another, needs that other "piece of iron" to help us revive our sharpeness, to encourage or remind us, to strengthen and mold us. In one way or the other we must open our lives to welcoming others into our lives, else we might be one bored, dull, underachieving, ineffective and uninspiring individual.