Let's face it, life is just more interesting with friends! This Sunday, we will continue our series on God's Wisdom for Life from the book of Proverbs. Our topic -- Avoiding Bad Company--flows out of Proverbs 1:8-19. I came across an interesting article "5 Reasons Studies Say You Have to Choose Your Friends Wisely” by Amy Morin. Here's her list . . .1. Strong-willed friends can increase your self-control, 2. Having fewer friends increases the likelihood that you’ll take financial risks, 3. Having too many social media connections increases your stress level, 4. Close friends may be the secret to longevity, 5. Friends greatly influence your choices.
Definitely an interesting list. It got me thinking about the biblical reasons to choose your friends wisely, so I came up with a few. Here they are . . .
5 Reasons to Choose Your Companions Wisely
Let's try something . . . This week I want you to write down your 5 closest friends. Then, ask yourself is this person helping me grow as a Christian? Is this person helping me reach my goals in life? If they are pulling you down rather than lifting you up, then perhaps they shouldn't be on your best friend list. They can still be your friend and you can lift them up, but you might want to pray about finding another friend for your list.
Friends . . . they can pull you down or lift you up! Jesus and his friends will lift you up! See you Sunday! Pastor Tom