Friendship

Proverbs 13:20 b …the companion of fools will suffer harm

More and more the daily news reveals evidence that “the companion of fools will suffer harm”. Therefore, this month’s message is a reminder to parents and others to encourage our young people to choose their friends wisely. Summer is approaching and it is that time of year when teens and youth will be out of school. The warm weather is prime for more outdoor activities, gatherings and hanging out with peers. All of this is reason enough to take count and recant various things that could potentially place them in dangerous situations. Even more importantly, your children, you and caregivers will need the Holy Spirit’s guidance in all wisdom and “powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” Heb 5:14This is absolutely required to “examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” 1Thess 5:21Although schools of academia take breaks, there can never be a recess in Christian training and values. In fact, more exposure with the world absolutely requires an increase with God, His Word, prayer and principles. 

Our text states that “the companion of fools will suffer harm”. Do not take for granted that all is well, because you allow your child to go only to reasonably harmless places. No matter where they are, if they are in the companion of fools, danger is a potential. For instance, in a recent news report, two teen groups argued while out bowling, one person from each side shot a gun, a teen died. While the argument probably began with one hothead, things grew out of control because in a group, emotions become aroused easily. Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 Even individuals who are characteristically quiet and calm, may become excited and exhibit atypical behaviors. This is one reason that it is important to remind youth not to associate with anyone who is unwise, has poor morals or gets angry easily. Proverbs 22:24-25 says, “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared”.  The Bible has much to say about choosing friends, give or have your teens and youth search for a relevant verse daily. Print a verse in large letters, tape it to the mirror, refrigerator, computer, entrance etc. Integrate verses into conversations so your young people learn to share the wisdom with friends. Continually refreshing the Word in their hearts is necessary to help them use wisdom and discernment in choosing friends, as well as knowing when to walk away from the crowd and any activity that has the potential to lead to trouble. Remember, bad company ruins good morals, leads to trouble, influences behavior and choices.  Pray God will remove bad influences and replace them with godly friends.  

Yours In Christ, 

Rev. Von Crigler

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