Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Friendship for a Lifetime

“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed” (Proverbs 13:20).

There is a clear connection between the quality of life we live, and the type of friends we choose. We have all heard the old idiom that goes, “Birds of a feather flock together.” Another way of putting this is eagles fly with eagles, and turkeys trot with turkeys.

While association in the animal kingdom may be set by its fur and feathers, man is afforded a higher option. In other words, you can choose the sort of people you want to associate with; the kind of people you want to be around. But realize this – those you spend your time with will shape your thoughts, your character, and your future. Choose wisely.

Solomon said, "Stop being gullible. Leave the company of foolish people, and live. Follow the way of knowledge; walk in the way of insight and understanding." (Proverbs 9:7, pastor's paraphrase). Paul echoes this in the New Testament. "Don't fool yourselves,” he writes, “Bad friends will destroy you. If you hang around and associate with evil people, your good character will become corrupted and your good morals depraved. Don't let anyone deceive you about this. Associating with bad people will ruin decent people. Wicked friends lead to evil ends" (1Corinthians 15:33, pastor's paraphrase).

In other words: Spend time with losers, and you will become a loser. Spend time with a godly man or woman, and you will become godly. So, who are you spending time with these days?

And, here’s an inescapable question -- If someone spent time with you, what kind of person would they become?

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