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EP. 161 How Friends Influence Us For Better or For Worse

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Welcome to a new week of the Hope Rescue Podcast. Last week we answered the question “Is It Necessary to Have Friends?” This week we are continuing the conversation by discussing how friends can influence us for better or or worse.

Relationships typically fit into one of three categories:

  1. Mentor - Mentors typically have a one way giving situation where the mentor gives to the apprentice.

  2. Apprentice - Apprentices typically only receive from their mentors and don’t give much back in return.

  3. Friendship - Friendship is always two-ways. Friendships involve giving to and receiving from one another.

If you find yourself constantly giving to the same person and not receiving anything in return, you’re a mentor, not a friend.

Proverbs 13:20 says, "Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm." The friends we have directly influence our lives, our thinking, and our decisions. We naturally become who we hang out with, because the people we allow into our inner circle greatly influence our lives.

As we read in Proverbs 13, friends can either be a blessing in our lives or they can harm us. Who we allow into our inner circle is incredibly important, and if we want to grow in the knowledge and wisdom of the Lord, we need to surround ourselves with individuals who inspire us to greater understand how we should fear the Lord.

Proverbs 13 says “...the companion of fools will suffer harm.” The word ‘companion' comes from 'panis', the Latin word for bread. Originally, the word was used to describe someone with whom you shared a meal. If we are eating with fools, we will likely also become fools. Who we choose to share meals with is incredibly important because they are likely close friends who will influence us, for better or for worse.

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