Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.
Proverbs 13:20 NIV
No man is an island
The people you hang out with have an influence on your life. No man is an island, no man stands alone. We are influenced by our company. This verse requires us to look at who we choose to be around and why. There is a drive in us to be with others. The reasons are various. Sometimes it is to pass the time, or to laugh. Maybe it’s to be around people who will not judge you or are willing to hear your feelings.
There is a influence from the people we hang out with.
Whatever the reason we need to know there is a influence from the people we hang out with that will effect our life. Are you looking for improvement and growth? Hang out with people who are also looking to improve themselves. They will challenge you and encourage you. Are you looking for people to tell you the things you are doing are justified? There are people who will agree with you but be careful of their presence. They tend to lower your standards in life.
Iron sharpens iron but rust also spreads
Do you want to be stronger and wiser? Hang out with people who seek righteous and truth. Yes it will challenge you to be around these people but as you struggle you will also grow as a person. Iron sharpens iron. Be aware, rust will also spread to other metals. So if you want to feel justified and have others agree you are not the blame for any issues, you can also find a group. No challenge to this group of friends. It’s an easier life. More laughter and fun. But beware of the effect toward a non-responsible life. The Bible says a companion of fools suffers harm.
Pick the people you hang around with by their standards. Pick someone seeking righteousness and a passion for sharing goodness. Grow in strength together, achieve together. Become wise together and your lightnside will shine brighter.