When you were a kid, how many times did you hear an adult warn about choosing your friends wisely? I can’t even count the number of times I’ve heard it preached to youth and taught to teens.
Surely, you’ve heard someone say:
“It’s easier for someone to pull you down than for you to pull them up.”
And, it can be completely true, but…
I think that, as adults, we have a tendency to forget that wisdom applies to us as well. We teach it to children, yell it at youth and ignore its implications in our own lives.
Because we have friends, don’t we? We meet new people, make new connections, right?
And are all our relationships good?
Proverbs 22:24-25 says, “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.”
Think about it.
Have you ever spent time with a complainer only to find yourself complaining more?
Do you have a friend whose language starts coming out of your lips?
“Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’” (1 Corinthians 15:33)
Paul wasn’t just writing that letter to kids, you know.
We have to be wise in the friends we keep. We need to be the kind of friends worth keeping, too.