Are your friends messing up your relationship with Jesus? (Proverbs 2:12-22)

Fifteen years in the ministry has taught me that bad company corrupts good character (1 Corinthians 15:33). Who we choose to associate ourselves with will either help us or hurts us in our quest to become the people that Jesus desires us to be. Wisdom tells us that our friends and associations might serve to mess up our relationship with Jesus!

When I was a teenager, I heard all the youth talks about avoiding the druggies, the sexually immoral, or the “bad kids” who used a lot of foul language and listened to Slayer and Metallica. As I’ve grown up, however, I’ve learned that negative influences are much more subtle and much more powerful.

Proverbs 2 shows us a few of these categories:

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