Over the last 52 years I have been telling all who will listen, and some who won’t, about Jesus, I have noticed that the friends people choose are an indicator of how well they will do in life. Having pastored a reasonably large, church and few smaller ones along the way, I have learned to note when a new convert or member of another church comes our way, which group within the church the new person gravitates too. This is one of the best predictors of their future growth or lack thereof within the body.
The above statement is true not only in church groups, but groups of prisoners, writers, soldiers, ball players etc.
Commenting on this trait Timothy Ferris wrote:
“You are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn’t making you stronger, they’re making you weaker.”
If I could say it better myself I would not be quoting Mr. Ferris.
With the above in mind, can you put a tag on your five closest friends? How are they contributing to you growth, your success? Are they receiving anything from you of a negative or positive nature?
Solomon stated this truth in Proverbs 27:17, “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”
Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:33, “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.”
Contextually Paul is teaching that we should choose as very close friends people of true faith, based on Christ’s resurrection, as others will infect us with an “eat drink and be merry, for death is soon coming ” attitude. This is a death philosophy and true Christianity is a philosophy of life.
Choose your five closest friends wisely.
Copyright © 2o14 Larry Lilly
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