Choose Your Friends Wisely

Choose Your Friends Wisely

I don’t necessarily consider myself a follower, but there are time I find myself changing without realizing it. I especially notice this in my speech. Many times my wife would say, “You we’re with (insert name) today, huh?” Or she would ask, “You had a lesson with (insert name) today. Didn’t you?” She could tell because for some reason I would start speaking with a few more bro’s in my sentences. Or for some reason I would say something in a Spanish or Filipino accent without trying. The funny thing is, I’m actually really terrible at accents when I try to speak with one! So apparently the only time I’m good at them is when they sneak in naturally.

Proverbs 13:20 states, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” This verse instructs us to walk with wise men in order to be wise and avoid fools or destruction can occur. The odd thing about influence is that it’s often a passive process. You spend time with someone then without even realizing it you start to think alike or act alike. Due to this passivity, we have to be deliberate with whom we keep company. This principle also goes for children. Parents, do not allow your children to spend time with unruly, disobedient children. They will be influenced.

 

1 Corinthians 15:33 states, “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” Another way to translate that word for “communications” is “company” and another way of translating “manners” is “habits”. So in other words, evil company corrupts good habits.

Choose to spend time with people that elevate your walk with the Lord. Take this moment to ask yourself, “Are my current influences going to lead you to destruction or wisdom?” Today might be the day to start looking for new friends.

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