Proverbs 13:20 — Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble (NLT).
Solomon gives two foundational pieces of advice concerning our relationships in the verse above:
1. Walk with the wise.
2. Don’t associate with fools.
Going on a walk with someone implies spending meaningful time together. Heidi and I love to go on walks, and we do so frequently. We’ve walked sandy beaches, mountainous hiking trails, and the road we live on. While the subject of conversation varies almost every time, the purpose remains the same. We encourage, listen to, and learn from each other. She challenges me, and I stretch her. We build one another’s faith and dream together. Sometimes we even have to work through some differences. No matter what, we always rub off on each other in a positive way.
The same can be said of anyone you choose to walk with. I encourage you to evaluate your relationships right now. Who are you walking with? Proverbs 13:20 instructs us not to associate with fools. In other words, don’t even have a casual relationship with someone who’s going to get you in trouble.
To be sure, your life consists of both the wise and the foolish. Choose to walk with those who are going to add to your life, and don’t entertain the advice of those who are going to subtract from it. Now I’m not telling you to cut off every person you deem ignorant. Perhaps he or she needs to walk with you. Pass it on!
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