DAY 4 - CHOOSE FRIENDS WISELY
"The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you closely associate - for the good and the bad." -John Mason-
Being around the wrong kind of people can cause their bad qualities to seep into you. The more that you hang around these people, the more that their habits will become yours.
"Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character." 1 Corinthians 15:33
"Walk with the wise and becomes wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm." Proverbs 13:20
You may think that you can change them. But with the state of the world right now it is more likely that you will be pressured into the opposite. So, when you are deciding on whether to make someone your friend, consider this; will they help strengthen your walk with the Lord or hurt it? And will you help theirs or will you be drawn into their activities and behaviors?
- The best friends are prayerful friends – they will give godly advice without telling the world. The closest friends that I have, are friends that I call when I am in trouble and I need someone to listen. These are the same women that give Godly advice when I most need it and even when I don’t want it. They are your true friends that the Lord placed in your life for a reason. They are the ones that will stop whatever their day has thrown at them and pray with you and for you when you ask and even when you don’t. They are the ones that stand at your back when the world is threatening to knock you over and prop you up while the Lord fights your battles. They are the ones that you must pray for as well. They need encouragement and love and Christian counsel trials of their own and God has placed you in their path for that very reason. He has chosen you to help them keep their head up when things around them are shaky. He has chosen you to remind them of the promises that He has made them when they can’t see how to make it through one more day.
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up." Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NIV)
"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17
Let’s look at some biblical examples:
David & Jonathan – there for each other, protective, loved the Lord
Elijah & Elisha –sharpened each other, taught each other, loved one another
Ruth & Naomi – built each other up in difficult times
Now let’s look at the opposite side:
Samson & Delilah – lies & deceit, manipulation
Job & his friends – they told Job to curse God. They didn’t believe that he was innocent of wrongdoing.
Jesus & Judas – Judas betrayed Jesus for money turning Him into the very people that were going to kill Him.
Ahithopel & David – Ahithopel was supposed to be a trusty counselor but gave poor advice, spread false rumors about, and eventually betrayed David
The greatest friendships are those that are centered around the love of Jesus. Friends that pray together, stay together! Walking through this life with Godly counsel is a sure-fire way to stay focused on His Will rather than our own.
Heavenly Father, thank You for providing us with the fellowship of friends. We are so thankful that You know our every need before we do. We ask that You will help us to befriend the people that You say that should be in our inner circle so that we can make sure that in every aspect of our lives, we are following Your path. Help us to be the encouragement that they need in their lives as well. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.