I was in church on Sunday and I got a refresher course on something God had taught me over two years ago. I figure it’s time to share. Read with me:
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor seats in the seat of the scornful- Psalm 1:1 (NKJV)
The first time God revealed this verse to me, I learnt three things which I will share shortly. Today I realized an additional truth which I will also share. Let’s go,
Your friends will either bring you blessings or curses; you can sit on the fence. That’s why the first few words of the verse read ‘Blessed is the man…’
Therefore, there are certain blessings attached to keeping the right kind of friends. So let’s get some friendships evaluation going.
Who do you take advice from? Are they ‘wicked’ people? Before you answer, think again. As long as the person does not know Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour and live for Him, they are, in God’s books, ‘Wicked.’ So check your advisers, are they people who advice you according to the word or according to the world?
Are most of your friends sinners? Before you go on about how nobody is perfect, don’t forget that ‘He who is born of God does not continue to sin’- I John 3:8. Therefore if your friends are comfortable to sin and do it around you, check it, you’re in the company of sinners.
And lastly, what do you talk about? What kind of discussions do you have with your friends? Do you discussion encourage or discourage? Do your words build up or tear down? Do you constantly hang around those who have made mocking and ridiculing others a way of life and call it fun?
If all or any of these categories of people constitute your friends list, you’re cutting yourself off from the blessing of God attached to the right association.
This might be a totally unrelated fact but I noticed a progression in the actions in that verse. You see at the beginning of friendships, you walk together, as conversations deepen; friends have been known to stand in one spot and just keep talking. And then the sweeter it gets; you usually pull up chairs, seat down and get comfortable.
You see that’s the progression of sin. First you walk into sin. Then you stand in it. Then you sit and get comfortable in it and completely cut yourself off from God.
I’m sure you’ve heard this saying: ‘Do not be deceived, evil communication corrupts good manners’.
If you had parents like mine, you must have heard it at least once a week in childhood. Well, news flash, its scripture. Check out 1 Corinthians 15:33
Child of God, Check your associations and friendships today, Are they bringing you blessings or curses?
I choose to cultivate friendships of blessings today.
Who’s with me?