AUDIT YOUR FRIENDSHIP!
Proverbs 12:26 – The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. (NIV)
There are different types of friendship— the socials, religious. But the fact is that we must be careful about the company we keep, as our Scripture says. ‘Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers… (2 Corinthians 6:14-18) or can two work together unless they agree? (Amos 3:3). Never! If you still feel comfortable hanging out closely with ungodly friends, watch it! You might get influenced because ‘bad relationship ruins good manners’ (1 Corinthians 15:33). Don’t stop preaching to your unsaved friends, only that you must know when to stay away!
Another reason we must flee shady companionship is that they could trigger our downfall. In 2 Samuel 13, we see the story of Jonadab who gave Amnon the strategy to lure and rape his sister (Tamar). Eventually, Amnon was killed, but his evil advisor stayed alive (2 Samuel 13). Ungodly friendship also fades quickly in times of storm. For example, Ahithophel was a top officer and counsellor who gave excellent advice to King David (2 Samuel 16:23). Nevertheless, when David’s son, Absalom seized the throne, Ahithophel decamped to Absalom.
Beloved, ‘Who are your friends and their motives?’ You must check because many destinies and homes are boiling due to the evil guidance given by wicked friends (Proverbs 13:20). Are you in rapport with the ‘Ahithophels and Jonadabs’ or the Godly and experienced people who will give you helpful advice? Think, pray and act on this. Be Born Again!
Hymn: Take Time to Be Holy – William D. Longstaff (1882)
1. Father, if need be, force me out of every unholy and fruitless association.
1. Every arrangement against my life, family and church’s advancement, fail.
2. Pray for every mother, using your parents as a point of contact.
SPEND QUALITY TIME TO PRAISE THE LORD!
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