Wise Friendships

Read:

Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33

Reflect:

There is an old saying that says show me your friends and I’ll show you your future. I was reminded of that recently when I bought a carton of berries and found a cluster of them completely molded together. The mildew started on one berry and spread quickly to the others. When we routinely surround ourselves with those who do not edify or sharpen us, our spiritual walks will be dampened and their “rot” inevitably spreads.  
 
This verse is a timely reminder that such friendships need wisdom and careful discernment. We reap what we sow and if a friend is constantly leading us to the world instead of the cross, it’s time to be intentional and prayerful. Life is a vapor and how we live matters greatly. Nothing is worth being stagnated. Our relationships must be filtered with eternity in mind because the reality is: our interactions will either edify or they will tear down. What kind of a friend are you? What kind of friends do you surround yourself with?

Pray:

Father, please show me if there are unhealthy friendships in my life and help me to be the kind of friend that propels those in my life toward You. Amen.

Your Turn:

Are you the friend to others that you would like to have? Do you edify and love your sisters to the Lord?

Is there a friend in your life who brings you down and feeds your flesh? Pray for her and for yourself. God has more for both of you than that. Allow Him to sanctify this relationship.  


Tiffany Gaines

Tiffany is a child of God, saved by mercy and grace. She is married to a military man and they will soon be transitioning from the military. They have and home-school three amazing kids, two boys and one girl, who are 12, 9 and 6 years old. She is blessed with the privilege of being a stay-at-home-mama who has learned how important it is to laugh and that joy is a choice. Life has had no shortage of highs and lows but through it all, God has been faithful! The continual cry of her heart is to have less of herself and more of her Savior.