Dictionary.com mentions “wise” as “having the power of discerning or judging properly as to what is true or right; possessing discernment, judgment, or discretion.” Thesaurus.com gives the word “differentiate.” Some of us don’t differentiate between what we ought to do, that is, follow what God requires of us to do and act as Christians verses doing what the world does, in relation to how we act and react when things get hard. The Bible tells us that who we hang around is a determinant to how we will respond…our character. Our character can be off-centered when we hang around people that aren’t trying to do what God requires. It is too easy to envelop ourselves with principles that are in opposition of Christ.
As Christians, we must be careful how we act and respond. If we hang around people who don’t care for God’s law, we are subject to become just like them. To say you are not like the people you call “friends” is not a wise statement because just like we are what we eat, we are who we hang around! Some of us need to go through our Contacts in our phone and press “delete” on anybody that has no desire to follow Christ. We can’t expect to get right and do what God says if we are constantly around people who care nothing about His Commandments.
The Word of God is real. The life God wants us to live is real. We have two very different routes we can take: right or wrong. Do yourself a favor and “delete” those people in your life who have been in the same position all their lives but are steadily attending church, as if attending church is all that God requires. If they haven’t changed yet, press “delete” because they probably are lying to themselves and don’t want to change in the first place. You know who these people are! I am not telling you anything that you haven’t heard. Discern who is and who is not good for your life journey and kick them off your path because you have a desire to follow Christ and they are hindering you from doing it. It’s hard enough to do what’s right so adding someone in our life who has no desire to do right is a stumbling block. Do yourself a favor. Press DELETE.
1 Corinthians 15:33 NLT | New Living Translation
Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.”
Proverbs 13:20 GW | God’s Word Translation
He that walks with wise people will be wise, but whoever associates with fools will suffer.”