My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
As a young boy, my father would give me wise counsel. Although as a young boy, I didn’t count it as wise counsel. At that young age, I looked at it as if some old guy didn’t want me to have fun and was trying to talk bad about my friends. Friends who I felt, he didn’t even know. He would say things like, “Who you hang around with, is who you’ll become.” Or, “People judge you, not by who you are, but by who you hang out with.” Did I believe him? Not really. Was he right? ABSOLUTELY!
My friends did not seem so bad to me at the time, and my dad really did not know them well. However, what he did know was that they were heading in the wrong direction in life. Their lives had little, if any direction, and they had absolutely no Biblical desires. If they did, they sure did not show it. What he knew was, if I continued with them, others would judge me to be just like them. Worse than that, he knew that after a while, I would become just like them. He was right, and I did.
Had it not been for the grace of God, and His life changing salvation, I might be where many of them are today. Broken, unhappy, addicted, mean spirited, and some, dead. However, because of Godly parents’ prayers, the visitation program of a few churches, and a revival speaker, God got hold of my life. I now serve God, and not self. I now have joy immeasurable. I’m no longer addicted to the drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, which once ruled my life. I now have a different set of friends, who are godly friends. In addition, Jesus is now my best friend.
People still judge me by my friends, and I’m proud to be associated with those people. They pray for me, and keep me accountable to God. What are people thinking of you today? Do you want to know? Simply look at your friends. That’s who people think you are. Your friends make a good mirror.
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