An eight-year old boy was caught stealing.
My husband recounted the story with restrained anger and a hint of fear for our son. The child had stolen, not because he was hungry, but because he had been influenced by a friend.
The irony? The friend got away while he was caught in the act. A mother had to be called in to pick up her son and hear the tale of dishonesty. She may have wondered where she had gone wrong in her parenting. She may have been shocked. Angered. Ashamed.
Not to mention all the mom-guilt that comes with that situation.
The book of Proverbs is filled with advice to avoid those who would lead us down
the path of destruction.
One of the most vivid depictions is found in Proverbs 1:10-16:
Many times when a person’s heart is set on doing wrong, it only takes a thought for them to turn against their “business partners”.
In fact, a lot of times that was the original intent. The Bible is very clear that we should avoid persons who are not wholeheartedly following Christ. The only example we should be following is Jesus'.
And yes, sometimes that will mean that we are laughed at or teased. We may even be persecuted for our beliefs. But if we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus – the author and finisher of our faith – we can walk boldly the path that is set before us.
The Bible tells us "there's a Friend that sticks closer than a brother" (Proverbs 18:24). It therefore means that the persons we choose to associate ourselves with should have the characteristics of Christ.
When we filter the actions of our friends and associates through the lens of God's word, they should come out shining like diamonds. If they don't, we should reconsider that relationship.
Father, we thank You for the example of Your Son Jesus. We are so grateful that You took the time to inspire men to write these stories for our admonition. Help us to heed Your words. In Jesus' name. Amen.
What is your favorite proverb that highlights today’s topic?
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