Use Discretion When Selecting Friends

Scripture:

There are six things the Lord hates; seven that are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood; a heart that devises wicked plans; feet that haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. Proverbs 6: 16-19.

Use discretion when selecting friends

Don’t breathe out lies and falsely accuse one misrepresenting the truth, or covering some guilt, and do not let mercy and truth forsake you: bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your life; so shall you find favor and good understanding in God’s sight.  Based on Proverbs 3: 3-4.

I like this definition of friend: the one who when the entire world forsakes me still is my friend: as I sometimes write, she loves me warts and all. To me that means she loves me unconditionally.

Scripture: Jesus went to the mountain and after praying all night called His twelve disciples. Based on Luke 6: 12-13.

Since Jesus spent the night in prayer before calling His disciples, don’t you think it significant that we spend time and discretion when selecting our friends? I didn’t give that much consideration while younger, but during my old age when most of my former friends have preceded me in death, and I made a few new friends, I am amazed the ways God uses to bring new friends into me life. I remain in contact with a few out of state friends via email and telephone, have one friend with whom I talk almost night, another friend promotes and makes my writing ministry possible.

 

Prayer thought: Heavenly Father, though I have enjoyed many friendships during my long life, I praise and thank Jesus, that He made my friendship with You possible, that the Holy Spirit lives in my heart, and no matter my sins and problems, won’t ever forsake me. I praise and thank You in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Doris Lisemby