“The righteous choose their friends carefully. . .
Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”
- Proverbs 12:26; 13:20
There is probably nothing more basic to our day to day living than people. God is relational and God has made us relational people. Choosing the right friends is critical and can affect us for years.
Like other parents, my mother cautioned me about hanging out with the wrong crowd. Her advice was not any different from Solomon’s: Proverbs 13:20; “A companion of fools suffers harm;” or Paul’s advice in 1 Corinthians 15:33; “Do not be deceived: Bad company ruins good morals.”
One of the prime qualities of a friend is loyalty. Proverbs 18:24; “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” There are friends who merely pretend but Godly friendships go deep. I remember and old saying “A friend in need is a friend indeed.” According to Proverbs there will always be fair-weather friends, but a true friend will be there through thick and thin. Another quality of friendship in Proverbs is honest counsel - Proverbs 27:6 says; “Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.” Like a surgeon, friends cut you in order to heal you. True friends will rebuke you when necessary. This is never easy to do, and unless you are a real friend, you probably won’t say anything negative. So if a friend of yours is sinning in some way that comes to your attention, the loving thing to do is lovingly, gently confront them.
In Genesis 3 we learn that God walked in the garden with Adam and Eve. What a friendship that must have been! In John 15 Jesus refers to His disciples as His friends. When I read that, I think of all the time Jesus must have spent walking with His disciples. Imagine walking with the Son of God, asking questions, hearing Him explain about life, and pondering the amazing things He said. Jesus is the best Friend of all. He is loyal - wise - honest and never leaves you.
A wise friend is a gift from God.
Choose your friends carefully, avoiding unwise companions.
How is your walk with Jesus?
Do your friends walk with Him?
Have you invited them to do so?
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