Proverbs 13: 20 – Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Your Discipleship Minute
Have you ever seen a rotten apple turn back into fresh fruit? Even if you surround it with fresh fruit, the best of the best, the bad apple will corrupt the good every time.
It’s the same with people. One bad apple spoils the bunch.
The reason is simple. All of us have a sin nature within us that corrupts every part of our life. We struggle, not just against the temptation that Satan brings to us, but against our own hearts (James 1: 14-15).
So what can we do? One thing is to choose our friends wisely. For example, would it be wise for an alcoholic to associate closely with friends who spend their time drinking? Of course not.
In the same way, Christians need to surround themselves with friends and associates who are going to encourage them to live a Godly life and who will hold them accountable to the Word of God.
Do you spend your time with people who are encouraging you in Christ or with people who are tempting you with the sinful things of this world?
Choose to seek out wise companions as you journey through your life.
Your local church is a great place to start meeting people who are seeking Christ, just as you are.