Someone popped up on my Facebook chat last night by saying, "you are a good friend."
It came random, it came out of the blue. I was not expecting it and it lifted my spirits.
I had been missing my friends. I had been wanting some human connection. But it was late and most were sleeping. I was so glad to hear from her.
My friends are so important. They lift me, they instruct me, they correct me and keep accountable. They are company, they are wisdom. Friendship, companionship and mutual understanding are important.
So often we become like our friends. That is why the Bible warns against bad company, but praises good friends.
I want to be a good friend.
And I treasure those of you who are my friends.
“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.”
C. S. Lewis
Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
Proverbs 19:20 Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.
Proverbs 12:26 One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Proverbs 13:20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Proverbs 14:6-7 A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding. Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge.
Proverbs 22:24-25 Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.
1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”