Deb del Villar is the author of today’s post. Thanks, Deb. Good thoughts.
How many times have you heard “bad company corrupts good morals?” 1 Corinthians 15:33 warns us about this very thing; friends who are not a godly influence on us. It is dangerous to be around people who influence us to do wrong. A similar thought comes through a saying my mom would remind us about when choosing new friends: “birds of a feather flock together.” We often become like those we spend time with in words, attitudes, and actions. After a time you cannot tell one from the other, they are like a flock flying and heading off in the same direction.
The Bible has an even sterner message for us. Proverbs 13:20 states “ He that walketh with wise shall be wise; but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”KJV Isn’t it interesting that one who walks with the wise shall be wise yet the one who walks with fools is not a fool? Instead, one who walks with fools will be destroyed! Strong language – it does not say may be destroyed, it says “shall be.” If you follow after the wrong kind of friends, be prepared to suffer harm.
It is critical that we help kids know how important it is to choose good friends. We need to help them discover and discern how to choose the right kind of companions. Equally important is how to be a good friend …
… One who loves and knows God’s Truth.
… One who seeks to encourage and build others up in the Word.
… One who stands against culture, against sin, against the foolish things of this world.
… One who is striving to walk with the wise.
Seek to be wise by walking with the wise or be a companion of fools and be destroyed – that is the choice. Which side of the road are you walking on? On which side are you teaching the kids in your life to walk?
Remember “birds of a feather flock together.” We need to teach our kids not to hang our with the wrong “flock.”