Verse 26: The righteous should choose his friends carefully, For the way of the wicked leads them astray.
I'm sure you have heard the old saying, "It's hard to soar with the eagles when you're surrounded by turkeys." Only a fool thinks that he isn't effected by the company he keeps. As a preacher, I speak with a fair amount of flow. What I mean is, I can process my words fairly well. My southern accent and limited vocabulary does play a part in how hillbilly I sound, but I can put my words together fairly quickly and continually. That being said, I have noticed through the years that when I spend a lot a time around a person that stutters, I will actually start stuttering. In all honesty, without even thinking about it, I will start using phrases from people that I am exposed to often. We rub off on each other more than we realize. This can be bad and good.
I remember a young lady (she was around 14 yrs. old) that wanted to go live with some family members that were unsaved and involved in some bad stuff. She said that she wanted to be a good influence on them. I advised against it without success. A few months later, she was in the world, drinking and drugging. Psalm 1:1 says, "Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;"
Lord, help me to be careful of the company I keep. Not only with people I know, but with other "things" I befriend. I don't want to be influenced by people that have no regard for you and your Word. I will be cautious when picking my friends. Amen
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