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"Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm." Proverbs 13:20 ESV


Oh boy! Does this verse provoke memories? Growing up, my friends and I would do some idiotic stuff during the long summer hours. Don't get me wrong; we were all good kids, but we would come up with one stupid, sometimes dangerous, idea after another when we were together—for example, playing war with B.B. guns with live ammo–or riding a bike down a steep hill dead-ending in Lake Monroe on a bike with no brakes. Thankfully, the worst was welts from the B.B.s and nine stitches.


We will likely outgrow those childhood friends and become separated by interests, time, and distance. But we meet new people throughout our lives, some of whom will become new friends. We should use the wisdom of unfortunate past experiences and choose more wisely. We can turn to the Holy Spirit to discern the wise from the fools. We are God’s beloved, and he doesn’t want us to come to harm.


This proverb doesn’t mean we should abandon friends when they do foolish things. We all do unwise stuff occasionally, but that doesn’t necessarily make us fools, just sinners. If we see a friend doing something harmful to themselves, we must show them love. We must pray and support them through those times without falling into the same destructive behavior.


God, we thank you for friends—those companions there for us through thick and thin. Help us to be wise companions. Whenever we do foolish things, help us to be understanding and to show your love. Grant us the wisdom to help and the strength to reject sin. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.


Blessings,

Pastor Tim


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