Is your faith growing? Are your prayers being answered? If not, maybe you had better take stock in the people you’re surrounding yourself with. Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” To the incorrigible Corinthians, Paul writes, “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character’” (1 Corinthians 15:33).
Faith is either stirred up, or beat down by our closest friends. Are you living in the company of fire-lighters, or fire-fighters? Do your nearest and dearest challenge you to a higher plane or are they dragging you back to mediocrity or worse? Billy is in prison today because he was behind the wheel when a friend’s friend pulled a trigger. Billy had never met the shooter before, but his poor choice of friends landed him in Central Prison for a seven-year stretch for accessory to murder. Have you been hanging out with shooters … people who assassinate the character of others? Have you been running with people who are constantly running their mouths?
Make a friend of somebody who is living at a higher spiritual level. Run from people who drag you down. Faith does not grow amidst fools and whiners!
Reposted with permission from onehope.net.