One of the most influential forces in our lives is the company we keep – not passing acquaintances, but those with whom our spirit and personality become comfortable and whose presence and company we enjoy.
To a great extent, this group of communicants will dictate to us verbally and nonverbally what we do with the other four basic areas of influence in our lives. The very habits of our lives are affected and often times altered by our associates.
“He that walkers with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed” (Proverbs 13:20). A once wise, wealthy, well-known man who knew the sharp truth of the latter part of this verse gave us this warning. The following examples stress this truth:
We like sheep go astray. So often we tend to sin. Our nature is corrupt. We are so easily influenced. Will we join the parade of casualties to become another statistic of failure, simply because we choose the wrong company?