He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.
The righteous is a guide to his neighbor, But the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”
This post focuses on the importance of friends and associates and how their selection can strengthen your Christian walk. God’s Word clearly states the importance of friends. The bible not only indicates how we are influenced by others but also lays out our responsibilities to others.
Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.
Christian walk is defined in this post as the lifestyle we live. Does it reflect obedience or disobedience to God’s Word? Are we Christians on Sunday and sinners the rest of the week? Is what we do congruent with what we say? Hmmm!
5 Tips on Choosing Friends That Strengthen Your Christian Walk
1. Observe your friend’s behavior. Is it congruent with God’s teachings? Does your friend engage in behaviors that hinder or help others? Are you the leader or the follower? Do you follow your friend in wrongdoing, either by word or action?
2. Does your friend profess to know Jesus? Does your friend indicate by word or deed that he is a believer? Does your friend know that you are a believer? Have you shown, shared or demonstrated your faith in the Lord?
3. Is this individual a friend or enemy? Does his behavior reflect love and caring or hate and enmity to others? Although an individual may be kind to you, how does he treat strangers, and those who exhibit many needs? Does he hate on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, etc? Or, does he accept others where they are and offer help as he is able?
4. What kind of friend are you? Does your walk, talk, behavior reflect that of a follower of Jesus or that of a follower of the world? In this relationship are you the leader or the follower?
5. Know the characteristics of a Christian friend. In John 15:12-15 Jesus describes for us a Christian friend–someone who loves, willing to sacrifice for others, puts God’s commands above personal desires.
John 15:12-15New International Version (NIV)
12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
I suggest that each of us make the year of 2017 one of commitment to fulfilling and exemplifying John 15:12-15. We know ‘our master’s business’ as it is expressed in His Word. Our first and major duty is to love God, then to love our fellow man. Friends help not hinder each other. Friendships represent love and caring—not gossip and backbiting. Friends do for one another; warn of dangers, alert, protect from obstacles unknown to the friend.
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.
Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor.
Are you willing to be a Christian friend? Hmmm?
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Healthy Life Church Ministry Team