Proverbs 5:8-9 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house: Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:
When I was a young boy, my parents would tell me, “Son you’ll be judged by the people you hang around with.” In the courts, it is called guilt by association. As much as we may not like this, it is true. People form an opinion about you by the people with whom you spend the most time. Is that really fair? Can someone know you by other people’s character? Well let’s take a closer look.
List all the things you like. Music, sports, movies, places to go, things you like to do, the clothes you wear, anything you can think of. Now take a look at the people you spend much of your time with outside of work or school. Most of the things you like, they like. Why is that? Because you will hang out with people who are most like yourself. It just makes sense. Why would you want to buddy up with someone who always hates what you like or likes what you hate? Therefore, when others look at the people you spend the most time with, people can see what you like, dislike, believe, and even who you are. Even if this is not true 100% of the time for you, it is still true for your friends. If they will hang with you, you must be doing what they like to do or they would soon find someone else to be with.
So, if you ever want to see a good reflection of your life, how and what others think of you, look at your closest friends. They are a great mirror.
Today’s verse says to stay away from the worldly crowd. This does not mean we can never talk with them or be friendly toward them. In fact, we need to be out there with the world to win them to Christ. However, the worldly crowd should not be your closest friends. Christians should have Christian friends.
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
1 Samuel 1, 2 / Psalm 105:16-45 / Proverbs 5 / Ephesians 1, 2
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
1 Samuel 21-24 / Luke 20:27-47
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