A Good Friend

by Jul 20, 2013Devotional1 comment

Proverbs 13:20 He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.


      My Father-in-law has a saying, “Show me your friends and I will tell you who you are.”       When God wants to bless you He brings you a friend. When the devil wants to kill you, he brings you a fool. How often have you seen disasters in a family because of wrong influences in relationships? 
      The young man who is arrested because he was with that foolish person in the wrong place at the wrong time. The young lady who ended up in an abusive relationship because she would not see in the so-called friend what was evident to anyone else who had a pulse. 
      Those who after being warned bought that five acres of prime real-estate from that supposed nice person, only to find out the land they bought is under two feet of water eleven months a year. Prov. 16:30 With narrowed eyes, people plot evil; with a smirk, they plan their mischief.
      God has given us the choice to be as wise and wealthy as the wisest and wealthiest person on earth or, you can be as wicked and poor as the vilest and poorest person on earth. This is your choice entirely, as you are created with a free will. It is true that God will use foolishness as said in 1 Cor. 1:27 
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. However, God will never use the foolishness to destroy you but to bring you back into a loving relationship with Himself.
      Hang out with the type of people who will lovingly influence you toward righteousness and living a blessed life. Why accept the advice of a neurotic tabloid TV host who influences your choices toward a life of mediocrity? Psalm 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. 
      Isn’t it wonderful that when God sends you a friend, that blessing is part of that relationship? Prov. 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. True friendship will cause spiritual growth for your good. Jer. 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 
      Spend time with the Lord and your character will grow to recognize Godliness in others. Matt. 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Invest quality time with people who love the Lord and your love and friendships will grow. Your best friend of all is Christ. 
      He has given all to be your Savior. How well the old hymn says, “Oh what a friend we have in Jesus.” John 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what his lord does: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
Find Other Devotions About:

1 Comment

  1. It all comes down to choices, ultimately. The young man was not arrested because he was in the company of a fool, he was arrested for making the conscious choice to be in that place, at that time, with that person. We cannot place blame on others for the choices we make. Yes, others can influence our decisions but only if we allow them to. Choose your friends wisely…

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sir Norm’s Commentary

Walking on the Ceiling

The Burden Of Habakkuk

Habakkuk 1:2 How long, LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? 3 Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict...

Hear The Prophetic Voice

2 Chronicles 20:20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem: believe in Jehovah your God, so shall ye be established; believe...

Till My Time Has Come

Psalm 139:16 Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in your book and planned before a single one of them began.              All my days have been written in the Lord's book. Until the last page and sentence of what has been written about me is...

We Only Have A Lifetime

Ecclesiastes 12:13 When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is this: fear God and keep his commands, because this is for all humanity. 14 For God will bring every act to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or evil.         I was...

The Excellency Of Our Mantle

Ephesians 4:11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.         The Lord has given to the body of...

Religious Competition

2 Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not value or compare ourselves against those who flaunt themselves, for those among them who compare themselves are not wise. The Sermon on the Mount expressly addresses the ways humanity can and does corrupt religion. Jesus points out...

Ouch Ouch Ouch

John 15:2 He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, and every branch that does bear fruit, He prunes to make it even more fruitful.   "Ouch ouch," I said in thought, as I pruned a particularly large branch on an old fruit tree. I needed to do some major...

Picking Scabs

Leviticus 13:2 When a man has on the skin of his body a swelling, a scab, or a bright spot, and it becomes on the skin of his body like a leprous sore, then he shall be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons the priests.              Why do some people only...

The Darkness Of Discontentment

Malachi 3:13 "You have criticized me sharply," says the LORD, "but you ask, 'How have we criticized you?' 14 You have said, 'It is useless to serve God. How have we been helped by keeping his requirements and going about like mourners before the LORD who rules over...

Get Up Again And Again

Matthew 21:28 What do you think? A man had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘My son, go work in the vineyard today.’ 29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. 30 Then the man went to the other and said the same thing. ‘I will,...

The Weight Of the World

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 12 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 13 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.            ...

Group Therapy

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. I listened to a psychologist explaining the difference between one-on-one therapy versus group therapy. He...

AudioReads

Darkness Bleeds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvnlBYHLQb0 It is easy to flow with the crowd. Make up your own mind on what you see going on in people's lives.

Spiritually Empty

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrzTcPZcWQ8   If you find yourself spiritually empty, then fill yourself up with God and all that He has for you.