Thursday, July 9, 2015

You Don’t Have to Stay Friends

Photo by Emanuele Tripani (Flickr)

Are you hanging out with people who offer bad advice, or invite you to go to unsuitable places or makes fun of ideas you hold sacred?

Have you been wishing you had the courage to break ties with them? Sometimes, we need to make the tough decision to end a friendship.

If you are becoming increasingly frustrated because of the choices you’re making, and you know that it’s greatly due to the influence of another person in your life, then please read (and seriously think about) this week’s verse:

Psalm 1:1 (NASB)
How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, 
Nor stand in the path of sinners, 
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! 

What if, with each choice you make this week, you reconsider the short and long-term consequences, including who you spend your time with – or even seek advice from?

If you want to get back on track (or get on track for the first time), try memorizing and/or meditating on Psalm 1:1 every day this week. Allow this verse to help you take those important (but difficult) steps toward a better life.

If this isn’t something you struggle with, perhaps you could mentor someone who has trouble making sound choices. Most likely, your pastor can refer you to someone who could use your help.

By the way, we will continue this discussion next week. However, if you can’t wait to find out the next step on how to begin living a life even your old friends might envy, continue reading the rest of Psalm 1. It’s only six verses. Six life-changing verses.

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  1. Great advise Sheryl and especially so since it comes right out the God's word. I am pleased to say that I know longer hang out "as friends" whose those kind of people. Bad company does corrupt good morals (1 Cor 15:33) and we do tend to become like those we hang around. I want to be changed into the image of Christ, not this world.

    1. I'm so proud of you for the changes you've made regarding friendships, Barbara. As stated in the post, that isn't always easy to do.

      I share your desire to become more like Christ. Amen!


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