I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts (Psalm 119:63).
I uploaded a video a couple days ago on the Facebook page sharing a few thoughts I had on friendship (don’t forget to like the page and join the discussions). However one accepts it or not, the Bible is crystal clear about who Christians are to allow into their “intimate circles,” their close and lasting friendships. David states he is a companion to all those who fear and obey God. This is due to the deep influences that our friends have on us. Paul tells us clearly: “Do not be deceived: evil company corrupts good habits.” This, of course, does not allow for any opportunity to neglect or disregard our neighbor (I shouldn’t have to go there), but there are a multitude of warnings about continual, close, lasting associations with evil people. Here are a few from the book of Proverbs:
- He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed (13:20)
- My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path (1:15)
- Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away (4:14-15)
- Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul (22:24-25)
- Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them (24:1)
Our memory verse this week shows us two important things:
- As mentioned above, those who you choose to be your close companions should be those who fear and obey God.
- This verse also gives us a command for unity. All secondary quibbles and debates aside, ALL those who fear and obey God are to be allowed to become our companions. They are our brothers (and sisters) in Christ.
Are you being wise in your choice of companions? Are you seeking friendship with those who fear and obey God? Remember…….he who walks with wise men will be wise. Those who choose foolish companions will learn from their ways and it will prove to be a snare to the soul.