An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Friend or Foe?

(Proverbs 18:24 KJV)  A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Can a man have too many “friends” (7453)?  In English the word seems to be used twice.  We need to look a little deeper on this.  The entity that can destroy you is most commonly translated “neighbor.”  This is the word used in the verse quoted by Jesus.
(Leviticus 19:18 KJV)  Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.
I think this is referring to the person who is friends with the world.  Everyone is your buddy.  In a sense it shows a lack of discernment.

There is a very real sense in which we are not to get involved with everyone we meet.  Remember the words of Paul,
(2 Corinthians 6:17 KJV)  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
Paul was very good at relating to non-believers but he reserved his in depth relationships for brothers and sisters in Christ.  We could learn from his example.

So?  Can we hide in a closet?  No, but we can pick whom we will focus our energy on and whom we will trust.  Neighbors are not necessarily friends.

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