Iron tools—like knives or swords—are made sharper and more useful by rubbing them against another instrument of iron. A file is similar to a blade because it is made of the same metal. But it is shaped differently.
So it is with believers. We need to interact with those who are made of the same stuff as us—who are similar to us and yet different in some ways. When we interact with each other—through conversations, shared experiences, and problems encountered—we gain knowledge, give and receive grace, and become more compassionate.
The process may generate friction at times, but it will sharpen us and make us more useful.
I love this comment. It helped me expand my viewpoint on something a little off topic, but not really.
Generally, I don’t find anything positive in comparing yourself with another person.
I know that is not what this passage is saying.
But it makes me think… when we are in good company, with those working to follow Christ’s example; this interaction can also provide a litmus test for our own thoughts and behavior. It can propel us into self-examination and help us to order our steps in a way that is pleasing to God. In this way, comparison can be good!