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A Wise Child - VII Print E-mail
Written by Prabhudas Koshy   
Sunday, 28 May 2017

We read in Proverbs 13:20, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

A wise child will be careful about whom he will choose as his friends. Wise friends will make you wise, while foolish friends will bring destruction. In Proverbs, wise men are the godly people and fools are the ungodly. So, the above verse is exhorting us to develop friendships with the godly people, and to avoid any close relationship with the ungodly.

Those who would like to be good and wise must keep good company. Let him who wants to be wise walk with those who are wise, because close interaction with such will help us to think and behave wisely.

Proverbs also clearly speaks to us that godly people should view friendships with the ungodly as detestable or unpleasant. Proverbs 29:27 says, “An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.”

Genuine believers will not feel happy or at peace if they have to engage in sinful activities of the ungodly. True children of God are happy only when they are active in things that are pleasing to their Father in heaven. So, keeping a close friendship with an ungodly person is a dangerous affair!

Even in the church, we must be careful and selective about making friendships. Sadly, in the church, there too can be those who live in sin, who engage in unwholesome conversations, who dress up and behave like the world, and who participate in worldly entertainments. If we are wise, we must avoid joining them and learning their ways.