Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
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.
When I go hiking I love going with my family. The kids will run ahead and scream out the encouragements “Oh you got to come see this.” or the occasional “Wohoo”, when they have made it up the hard part of the path. We will yell “Is it worth it” They scream back “Oh yeah come see.” Their encouragement helps me make it up the tough parts. But it is my friend that walks with me that helps me through those tough parts, he is the reason I make it. He encourages, but more than that he warns me of rocks that I could trip on, cracks that I could fall in, and offers me a helping hand that pulls me up. He helps me get up when I am down.
In our spiritual life we too need someone to help us along. Not that we can’t do it by ourselves, but it makes the trail of life easier. Someone to encourage us to go on. But someone to warn us too. Someone one that says you know you should go talk to that person if they hurt you, or you know that is gossip you really shouldn’t spread that. Someone who will be honest with you. Someone who will pray with you when life is hard and you don’t think you can make it through. Someone who will pick you up when you have fallen away and your not as close as you should be to God.
Someone who labors together with you and that you trust not to tell you things that you want to hear, but what we need to hear. A true co worker who wants to see the job done as much as you. Cause aren’t we all laboring together? Don’t we all want to see souls saved? Don’t we all want our brothers and sisters in Christ to make it to heaven with us?
If you have seen someone fall, your words of encouragement maybe the thing that helps them up. If you hear someone gossip, your words of corrections could help them not stumble and hurt someone else in the process. Your words of encouraging them to go talk to that one that has hurt them, instead of listening to them complain, could keep them from the pain of bitterness.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
You can’t Sharpen yourself.