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'Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.' Proverbs 13:20 NLT

The kind of person we are is often reflected in the friends we pick. Friendships, good and bad, indicate the direction we're going in. The Bible says: 'Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble' (Proverbs 13:20 NLT). When we're feeling miserable it is tempting to want to be with those who feel the same way. It might make us feel better in the short-term, but long-term we can get caught in a cycle of negativity and destructiveness.

Author John Mason writes: 'The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. The right friends and associations bring out the original in you. You know the kind of people I'm talking about. After you've been with them you find yourself less critical, full of faith, and with a vision for the future...Not everyone has a right to speak into your life. Respect those whom God has connected to you to help you. God cares for people through people...and wise is the person who fortifies their life with the right friendships.'

We don't have to cut negative people out of our lives completely, unless staying around them is dangerous, but we can restrict the time we spend with them. When we're feeling negative, let's choose to be around those who encourage us and help us to praise God again.

So what now? Which of your friends encourages you and helps you to see things positively? Try and spend some time with them in the week ahead.

Soulfood: Jer 10-13, Luke 3:21-38, Ps 95, Pro 14:29-33

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