Proverbs 22:22-25 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate: For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
AWCHEW!!! That sneezing, coughing, hacking sound usually comes from a person with a cold. No matter how much we try not to, eventually we catch it. There are antibacterial hand sanitizers and special soaps to help us keep our hands clean and free from germs that might cause this sickness. Nevertheless, stay around someone with the cold virus long enough, and you will get it, A COLD!
Oh, and how bad you feel when you do catch that nasty old cold. You cannot seem to think straight, you feel tired and achy, your head feels stuffy, and you just don’t feel right. Doesn’t it make you somewhat weary just thinking about it?
Solomon was trying to warn us of very much the same thing, but on a more personal level. I’ve heard the phrase, “You are who you hang around with.” Simply stated; if you want to see the kind of person you are, just look at who your closest friends are, that’s you! Crazy people act crazy. Do you know why they act crazy? They act crazy because they have lost their mind! If you hang around with them long enough, you will lose yours too. Anger is the same way. Sit around with angry people long enough and you begin to become angry as well.
Solomon was saying do not hang around with angry, bad mouthed people. If you do, you will learn their ways and it will become a habit and a trap in your life. This too will make you tired, achy, and unable to think straight. You’ll just not feel right.
Maybe you are wondering how to get out of this trap? First, get away from the sickness, the crowd. You cannot get rid of a cold hanging around people with colds. Next, drink plenty of fluids. The Bible says it is the spring of Living Water. Finally, it’s nice to have someone comfort you. You will be safe in the arms of Jesus. There is no greater physician than God.
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