Who are your friends?
Friends are an important part of life for many different reasons. Because of their power, they must be carefully chosen. Your friends will be one of the most significant influences in determining where you end up in life. Our friends greatly shape our destiny. Wise choices in friends bring blessing. Foolish choices at best limit us and at worst can destroy us.
In the book of Psalms we find some guidance when it comes to our choices in friends. Take a look at the decision David made about who would and who would not be counted as one of his friends:
I will have nothing to do with a perverse person; I will not permit evil. I will destroy anyone who slanders his neighbor in secret. I will not tolerate anyone who has a cocky demeanor and an arrogant attitude. I will favor the honest people of the land, and allow them to live with me. Those who walk in the way of integrity will attend me. Deceitful people will not live in my palace. Liars will not be welcome in my presence. — Psalm 101:4-7 (NET)
David understood the impact of people. He set boundaries around his choice of friends and associates. He was very conscientious, careful and deliberate about those he allowed into his life. He understood the potential of being spiritually and morally polluted by hanging around with the wrong folks.
The Apostle Paul reminded us of this life principle as well:
Do not be misled; “Bad company corrupts good character.” — 1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV)
What about you? Have you been led astray by the bad influence of others? Are you suffering spiritually and morally because of the people you have allowed into your life?
Choose the right friends. In many ways they are shaping your destiny!