Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Proverbs 13

Prov 13 v 20:  He who walks with wise men will be wise.  But the companion of fools will be destroyed.

I read someone's blog recently that encouraged us as Christians to see past our circle of Christian friends and spend time with the unsaved because we might be the only 'bible' they read.  I completely agree with this.

However, I have seen how sometimes my Christian friends seem to spend time with worldly people and slowly but surely compromise their walk with the Lord to please these friends.  I'm not saying this happens all the time.  But it does happen.


I think we should be ourselves with worldly friends but stand firm in our faith when these moments arise, as they do, where we have a choice to make!  Watching DVD's at your worldly friends?  Did you let them know beforehand what you won't watch?  What if its some seriously compromising movie full of blasphemy and more?  Do have a plan of action should this issue arise?  One that won't offend?



Sure you want to be there?
What if your worldly friends invite you to a place that you normally would not be seen dead in?  Are you going to go or politely decline?  You know, although they may not say it, those friends lose respect for you if you compromise your faith and values, and then your witness becomes weak.  (They may nag you for being a goody two-shoes, but when they are in need of someone to trust or rely on, you are the person they will come to, not their other worldly friends whose mission in life is just to have fun.)

The point I'm making is we need to be strong, firm in the Lord and resist worldly temptation if offered through our worldly friends.  But more importantly, we should be influencing them to Christ.  Let them see you can have fun and enjoy one another's company without age-restricted pleasures.

Its a tough subject and I think each person needs to judge for themselves if they are strong enough to be in the world but not of the world when socializing.  There is that saying from St Francis of Assisi, "At all times preach the gospel - and if necessary - use words!"

In other words, let your life, what you do, how you behave, the language you use, let THAT lead others to Christ.  Back to the scripture above:  The converse is also true - spending time with godly, wise people, whom you respect and esteem, will influence you positively in your life and walk and you will be all the more blessed for it.  That is what our worldly friends should feel after being with us - not less respect because we compromised - but curious as to why we are different and firm in our faith.

Hope that all made sense.

God bless
Tracy

13 comments:

  1. Makes a lot of sense. We are called to be in the world but not of the world. It does no good to be in the world with non-christians if they do not see a difference in us!

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  2. I surround myself with Christians but most of the family is unsaved so I am not without influence. Great thoughts.

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  3. Well thought out post! I work in a not-for-profit organization that's based on Christian values. It's the not-yet-Christians who also work there who may never pick up a Bible, but watch our every behavior - to see if we walk the talk! Oh, they should look to the perfect Christ and not to imperfect people, but they should see us being a shining example of God's love to them.

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  4. I thought of the verse in Matthew ~ Let you light so shine before man, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  5. Thank you for comments Ladies. I really appreciate the input.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  6. It all made perfect sence!
    Thank you for coming by my place, I will follow you too :)
    Blessings
    Kris

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  7. Hi again, Tracy. Just wanted to pop back around to say thanks for becoming my 200th follower.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  8. To be in the world and not of the world, yes. But you know, it's not always what I'm doing that might get me in trouble, as far watching, going, etc. I get more drawn in with gossip and such -- with both kinds of friends. But, I want to be different because I want people to notice Jesus. What a great reminder.

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  9. good thoughts here, Tracy. Oh it's so easy to enter "holy huddles", but we do need to be in the world, but inwardly different. I desire this balance.

    great to "meet" you through Jen's SDG.

    -Mel

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  10. Oh, it is a balance isn't it?

    Loads to think about here. Glad I clicked over from Jen's.

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  11. Great post Tracy. What you have said makes perfect sense. Thanks for the wise words!! Blessings...Chelle

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  12. Stopping by from Jen's. So glad I did. Thank you for this truth. This is something we should always have in our mind as we interact with others. Something I'm trying to teach my children as they navigate the world of public school.

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  13. Thanks again for all the comments. To those visiting for the first time I hope you come back again. Where I can I've followed you back and I am sure I'll learn lots from you guys too.
    God bless
    Tracy

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