As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17
To be rubbed the wrong way as the idiom states is to irritate or annoy someone and everyone has experienced this in people we associate with in our area of influence. The idiom originated by the rubbing of a cat's fur in the wrong direction, but with us God uses those people around us or those He sends, to rub us the wrong way, which is really the right way according to His divine plan.
Heavenly sandpaper is the way God rubs, polishes and even sometimes grinds down the rough edges of our lives and those fleshly characteristics of our old nature. The iron of a relationship with someone you don't like, maybe even can't stand could be sent by God to build you up and produce in you a godly patience or maybe a more compassionate, caring and merciful heart in regards to others.
I invited someone the other day to come to our fellowship and he said there was a man there that irritated him, so I told him that is why he needs to come, so he can learn to love those those who are hard to love. Jesus said that we are even to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us and treat us badly, even to those who put Jesus to death on the cross, He said, with His dying breath, forgive them, they do not know what they do.
So, the next time you complain about an irritating person around you, count it all joy because it may just be God working on a new rough edge in your life that needs to be sharpened! Rejoice because the Father cares enough about His child to discipline and to sharpen that which is to be like Him!
"My son, do not despise the discipline of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and scourges every son He receives." Hebrews 12:5,6
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin