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Choose Your Friends Wisely - Proverbs 1:10-19
Sometimes the friends we hang around with can interfere with our Christian walk. In Proverbs 1:10-19 Solomon warns his son against falling into the traps of sinful friends. Many time as Christians we think we are immune to being enticed to sin, until we fall into an old habits we have tried many times to eliminate.
Proverbs 1:10-14 Pressure of Peer
Solomon says one of the main reasons we fall into sin is because we hang around with the wrong people. People who are content with living this life for themselves. All they care about is how much they can get and how far they can go. They live their days as far away from God's truth as possible.
Solomon fell into this trap. He had all God intended for him yet he wanted more. He surrounded himself with all the wrong people seven hundred wives as well as three hundred concubines all from pagan countries. They enticed Solomon to walk in the ways of the wicked and plunder from the innocent. In the end he turned from God and did the bidding of his peers.
Solomon learned to late the lesson not all peers are worth hanging around with.
Proverbs 1:15-18 Not All Evil Looks Bad
Solomon also wanted to warn us that not all evil looks bad. Most of the time evil does not jump out at you and say here I am. No, evil waits in ambush disguised as something we can't do without. Once enticed, evil drags you down. Solomon desire was to have more and more. To him having many wives was the greatest gift a king could have. He failed to recognize evil at work until it was to late.
Evil comes in many forms in verses fifteen to eighteen he warns us not to hang around with those people or peers who look like they are having a great time.. In the end their frivolity is just evil disguised. In the end those kind of people will “draw you down to the pit”.
Proverbs 1:19 A Diluted Witness
What happens to those who give into their own desires and turn their back on Godly ways? Solomon says in verse nineteen “it takes away the life of the possessors”. In short once a Christian falls into sin his or her witness is no longer as strong as it used to be.
Take a look at Solomon. In the beginning of his reign Solomon was known as a wise king who followed in the ways of the one true God. A few missteps later and a lot of hanging around with the wrong people Solomon ended his reign as a defeated man. His once mighty witness was diluted to the point as being almost useless.
What about you? Do you have friends who drag your witness down? Friends who for one reason or another you should talk to and say if you do not change your way I will not be able to hang around with you anymore. It is hard to walk away from a friend good or bad but remember it is even worse to walk away from God. Look what happened to Solomon.