The righteous choose their friends carefully. Proverbs 12:26 (NIV)
As we proceed through life, we will encounter many people and have the opportunity for many friendships. We may be prone to move toward anyone who shows an interest in us, particularly if we are starting at a lonely place. But the Bible reminds us that it is wise to be selective about who we draw close to and who we allow into the inner circle of our lives.
In 1 Corinthians 15:33 the Bible warns us: “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” Furthermore, Pastor Jeff often reminds us of the wisdom handed down from his father: “You either are now, or soon shall be, exactly like the crowd you hang around with.”
Human nature desires others to share life and interact with. This is how we are wired by our Creator, who is relational in His essence. We are made in His image and we must be relational also! This week’s lesson reminds us, however, that to experience relational transformation toward healthy interaction with others, we must be selective in the friendships we choose to enter. Relational health is only possible with the right kinds of people.