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We All Need Wisdom

Ever had a friend who always seemed to get you in trouble? Anytime you hang out, you end up spending more money than you have. Or you find yourself smoking or drinking to fit in with his friends. Maybe you start lying to other people about where you’ve been because you know they wouldn’t approve. Your attitude slowly changes, and the people around you start to notice.​

Everyone tells you to walk away, but you rationalize the relationship, thinking:

But he knows me better than anyone.

It would be mean to stop hanging out with her.

Who else would I hang out with?

Maintaining that friendship might not seem like a big deal, but it is. Who we surround ourselves with will determine who we become. Proverbs 13:20 cautions us about this exact scenario saying, “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm”

Getting mixed into the wrong group of friends can lead us to make bad choices. But when we spend time with people who love Jesus and seek His wisdom, we are also encouraged to seek Jesus’ knowledge and understanding.

And a life centered on knowing and understanding Jesus allows us to experience the benefits of true freedom and joy — no longer looking over our shoulders wondering how we’ll get out of this mess.


  • Do the people you live life with bring you closer to Jesus, or do they bring you harm?
  • What is one way you can surround yourself with wise people this week?
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