Friday, July 6, 2012
Who do you call your friends? As a believer we are to show Christ's love to all those around us and be a friendly voice or smile to the lonely. If you have children it should be your desire that they choose their friends wisely. One wrong friend can really take you off the course of life and end up having devastating consequences. You can witness to someone without being thrown into unacceptable activities. Case in point would be the scenario of not necessarily going into a strip club to witness as you yourself might be tempted. Sure we have to "go out into all the world" (See Mark 16:15 ) but we are not to take on the character of a fallen world. We are to shine Jesus light and help win the lost to Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:33 tells us "Do not be misled. Bad company corrupts morals." Proverbs 22:24 reminds us "Do not make friends with a hot tempered man.Do not associate with one easily angered." Proverbs 13:20 says "He who walks with the wise is wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm."
So it is good to witness to those around you who may not know Jesus but we too need to use discernment about what activities to participate in. Don't be 'holier than thou' condemning the person and acting better than them but show the the love of Christ wherever you are.
Galatians 6:1 is a good reminder and it says "Brothers if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently, but what yourself or you may also be tempted."
PRAYER: Lord I thank you for the gift of friendship with both believers and non believers. Help me to remember to shine your light into the darkness of the world around me. Show me who needs a touch of your love and kindness today. Forgive me when I have been less than friendly or gone astray. Thank you for keeping me on the right path. In Jesus name. Amen.