The Choice of Friendship
I was recently the victim of a heinous flight delay. We sat on the tarmac for 2 hours before taking off for a 2-hour flight. To quiet the natives, they put on the entertainment system and I got to watch a few random episodes of the TV show Mom. In this one episode, Bonnie, a recovering alcoholic, found herself spending time with a gentleman who was also a recovering alcoholic instead of hanging with her boyfriend who drinks and sometimes gets drunk in front of her. Bonnie just felt more at ease with the gentleman who was in recovery.
Now I personally thought it was common sense that you would not start hanging out with someone who drinks a lot if you are in recovery. I mean it is different when you are married already and the addiction arises. But this is a TV show looking for comedic tension.
However, the scenario stood out to me because as Christians, we must consider the same choice. God commanded us to come out from amongst the world and be separate (2 Corinthians 6:17). The Bible repeatedly tells us that the people we spend time with will influence our beliefs and our behaviors. Here’s a few examples.
“Make no friendship with an angry man, and with a furious man do not go, lest you learn his ways and set a snare for your soul.” (Proverbs 22:24-25).
“He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.” (Proverbs 13:20).
In fact, the Bible tells us to choose our friends carefully.
“The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.” (proverbs 12:26).
We must make that choice to surround ourselves with those that believe as we believe. It is for our safety and our growth. The enemy is subtly deceptive so that over time listening to people who do not follow Christ can slowing change your convictions and behavior and you may not notice it until it is too late.
The Bible says, “You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.” (James 4:4).
Unfortunately, we may have relationships in our lives that keep us too tied to the world. And maturity in Christ dictates that we assess those relationships and do what is needed to grow in Christ Jesus. Now I know we have friends and family that are not saved and we want to evangelize to them but there is a balance and we must proceed with great prayer in those situations. In fact, sometimes when it comes to friends and family, prayer is the most powerful evangelistic tool you can use.
As we enter this time of year when everyone makes resolutions, let’s all resolve to get rid of relationships and attachments that are not God’s will for us. The Body of Christ needs to mature for this next level that’s coming so getting rid of anything that it outside of God’s will only deepens our walk! So, let’s make the right choices. Be blessed!
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