“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” Proverbs 13:20
Who are the 5 people you spend the most time with? How long have you been with each of them? What has rubbed off on you over the time you’ve been with them? Have they taught you more fully the ways of God or have they drawn you away? Evaluating your relationships from time to time is key to understanding their level of influence over your life.
Even though we are to be ministering to people of the world, we are not to be good friends with them. God knows that we are weak on our own and often need our friends. Our friends should be there to help build and encourage us and draw us closer to God’s plan for our lives. If our friends are worldly, they will build us up in the wrong way, which will, in turn draw us further away from God. Solomon gives good advice to his son in this regard…
- “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck. My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them. If they say, “Come along with us; let’s lie in wait for innocent blood, let’s ambush some harmless soul; let’s swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit; we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder; cast lots with us; we will all share the loot”— my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths; for their feet rush into evil, they are swift to shed blood. How useless to spread a net where every bird can see it! These men lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush only themselves! Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it.” Proverbs 1:8-19
Those who make friends with the world will find their lives taken away (Proverbs 1:19)
Who are the best friends?
Those who love and serve the Lord. Those who are striving to be more like Jesus Christ, their Savior. Those who’s light shines forth in the darkness and helps to bring healing, transformation, and beauty to the world around them. Those who spend time in the Word and in prayer and who sing and speak His praises. Those who speak of the wisdom of God, who lovingly convict, wholeheartedly forgive, and who’s lives revolve around the very presence of God.
Who do you want to be around?