July 22: Choose who Approves

Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge.

(Proverbs 14:7 ESV)

Of all the little sayings that are stereotypical of moms, the one that has proven to be one of the most necessary in my own life is choose your friends. Like anything with origins on earth, this sentiment could easily be used for evil: leaving someone out, neglecting to share the Gospel, or anything of malice nature. Yet this proverb reminds us that there is a place for “choosing our friends.” Whether we like it or not, part of our human nature drives us to seek the approval of the world, meaning, we will almost always care what the people we surround ourselves with thinks of us. So why are we so hesitant to surround ourselves with people who are primarily concerned with the Kingdom of God and exaltation of the Church? Friends, share the Gospel with unbelievers around you; yet also be wise about those who we spend our after hours with, those in whom we seek approval. Let us surround ourselves with one another, lifting each other up in encouragement and extolation for the glory of Christ alone.

Jesus, thank you for giving me your church to encourage me and love me. Please show me opportunities to share the Gospel without finding my identity in anyone who might lead me into foolishness. I want to follow your will and your way alone.

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