I would like to start off by saying even our best friends can make mistakes.
Michael Bradley For those of you who have really entered into a true Spirit-filled, fully-surrendered walk with the Lord where He is now leading your life in the direction that He will want it to go in — one of the first things that you will find happening is that God will start to prune out the people that He does not want in your life and start to bring in the people that He does want in your life.
As you will see in the Scripture verses I will list below, the Bible tells us to choose our friends very carefully in this life. These verses will tell us that he who walks with wise people will become wise himself, but that he who keeps company with fools will be destroyed.
The Bible tells us that we are not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers, that we are to stay away from people who cause divisions and offenses, and to withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly.
This does not mean that we cannot work with the lost, the downtrodden, and the people who need to find God and His message of eternal salvation. When Jesus came to our earth in the flesh, He always went after the sinners and the outcasts. But when Jesus went after these sinners, it was always for the express purpose of getting them saved and cleaned up.
Jesus did not chase after everyone. He ripped on the Pharisees and many of the high-ranking Jewish leaders. Some people are open to be helped, others are not.
He will now decide the path that you will follow in Him.
He will now be leading you into the specific jobs that He will want you to have in this life. If you are single and have not married yet, He will lead you to the mate that He will want you to marry if it is in His perfect will that you get married in this life.
And once those boundary lines start to go up — one of the first things that God will do is to decide who is going to be coming into those boundary lines and who will be going out.
In other words, God will be deciding who your true friends are going to be in this life and who will not. The main reason God will be helping you to choose who your true friends are going to be in this life is because His ultimate and highest aim for you is to transform and sanctify you.
In other words, He wants you to spiritually grow and mature in your walk with Him. The Bible tells us that we are transformed by the renewing of our minds.
The main reason that God will start to take out the friends in your life that He does not want you to have is because some of these people may be negative influences in your life.
They may not be open to growing and maturing in the Lord like you will be, and all they will do is try and hold you back when you start your own spiritual journey and growth in the Lord.
They will start criticizing and making fun of you and all they will end up doing is stunting your growth in the Lord. God will not be putting up with this, and He will thus be taking all of these bad and negative influences out of your life very early on once you enter into this full surrender with Him.
For those of you who are married and have children — it is the same thing when you do not want your children hanging out with other children who you know would be a bad and negative influence on your child.
You know that if your children start hanging out with the wrong type of crowd, they can become very easily corrupted in a very short period of time. As a result, you will become very protective with your children, and you will watch them very closely when they are old enough to start choosing who their friends are going to be.
It is the exact same way with God the Father! This is why God will be moving very early on to take out these negative influences in your life. Once this starts to happen, you have to go with the program or you could cause God to start pulling back on you.
And once that starts to happen, you could then start to backslide and everything could then start to shut down.Friend. Friend of God. Jesus said: "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
"The righteous should choose his friends carefully, For the way of the wicked leads them astray." Proverbs "He who walks with wise men will be wise, So is everyone . Your outgoing friend might lean forward, offer a smile and introduce herself to new people she meets. Be Kind to Strangers An easy way to be friendly is to offer a smile or conversation with people you might normally ignore, Hanson says.
After all, if you choose a friend who gets your odd sense of humor, it's likely they have one, too. Look for someone who will laugh with you at a look or a glance. Those people will be some of your best friends.
Jun 26, · How to Pick Your Friends. Sometimes you need to make new friends. Perhaps old friendships have faded away, or perhaps you are in a new environment where you don't know a lot of people yet.
Choose friends who can understand or share important aspects of your life. Notice how people treat their other friends. If someone is friendly to you 64%(14). How to Choose Friends Wisely. Search the site GO. Religion & Spirituality. Christianity Christian Life for Teens Origins & Development The Bible if you choose a friend who gets your odd sense of humor, it's likely they have one, too.
Look for someone who will laugh with you at a look or a glance. Those people will be some of your best. Choose Your Friends Carefully This first verse is the one that will tell us to choose our friends very carefully in this life.
This verse should literally be burned into your memory banks so that you never, ever forget this basic fundamental command from the Lord!