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Psalm 1

1 Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.

4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
NIV

Who are your friends and associates? What contributions do they make in your life? Do their contributions help you to draw closer to God or go further away from him? Our friends and close associates many a time have a very high degree of influence  on our lives. I remember when I was in secondary school, I had a close friend who was a smoker. For a long time I resisted all  attempts to get me to smoke, however, during our last year in school, I could not resist anymore. The reason why I could not resist anymore was that since I was completing school, the devil made me believe that I was a grown up and could do what I wanted.

Sometimes we believe in our ability to resist temptation, but the bible warns us that if we think we are standing  then we should take care otherwise we may be overtaken unaware.

When you make the ungodly your close friends, you are likely to do things their way. After you have gained experience in their ways, you will begin to sit with them in counsel ignoring the counsel of God. There is a better person to relate with, Jesus Christ. He will watch over your ways and help you to pursue righteousness and purity. Godly friends and associates will help you to stay on course with the Lord.

Prov 27:17

17 As iron sharpens iron,
so one man sharpens another.
NIV

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