“When iron sharpens iron, feelings are not coddled. Truth is not withheld. Sin is not ignored.”
You need a Paul, a Timothy, and a Barnabas.
1. Someone who speaks the truth to you.
This is someone that helps you see your blindspots and enables you to move on to maturity in discipleship. We all need a spiritual coach who pushes us or most of us would not grow very much. We are by nature spiritually lazy.
2. Someone you speak the truth to.
This is the person you help grow and mature. We need to have the courage to speak boldly into someone's life. We need the maturity to show tough love as well the willingness to build true character into the life of another brother or sister in Christ.
3. Someone who encourages you.
Barnabas believed in Paul when no one else did. He was the one who convinced the Apostles that Paul's conversion was legit. Paul life was authentically changed by Jesus and Barnabas helped the greatest missionary the world has seen get his start. We all need someone like this.
Find a Paul, a Timothy, and a Barnabas. Your life will never be the same.