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Choosing friends poorly can hurt and destroy.

Wisdom says that if we are wise, we hang out with wise people. It also declares that being a companion and confidante of people who are self-confident, conceited, and dull-witted is foolish and will bring harm to us.

But… those guys/gals are my friends! Why would I just ditch them? They’ve been with me forever, they’re my ride or die, my BFFs, my BAE!

Wisdom asks, where do those people lead you? Do they lead you to seek God, to be obedient to His Word? Do they incite you to live like Jesus?

Or do they lead you to seek self, following your own dreams and wishes? Do they tell you to follow your heart? Do they remind you that you deserve that bigger, better thing you want? Are they always inciting you to choose self over any and everything?

God is pretty specific here, declaring we have a choice. He even tells us the consequences of both choices. And still, for some, this choice is difficult. We tend to go with what we have always known instead of the unknown.

Today is a good day to examine ourselves and our list of closest friends. We need to see, really see, how we behave when around those people. Are we cocky, overly sure of ourselves, certain that we’re better, badder, and more than anyone else when we’re around them? Or are we humble, serving one another, urging one another to good works, tender care, and compassion? Are we always ready to fight or always ready to love?

We have a choice and we need to choose well. One brings life, the other hurt and ultimately destruction.

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Faye Bryant

Faye Bryant is an author, coach, and speaker who helps individuals escape the lies of the enemy, live into God’s truth, and build a better life by first feeling, dealing, and healing their way through a stuck future or an abused past, toward a deeper path of purpose, and into the unhackable life of their chosen legacy. Hers is a story of resurrection: from death to life!