The Company You Keep Matters

My son, if sinful men entice you,
do not give in to them.
If they say, “Come along with us;
let’s lie in wait for innocent blood,
let’s ambush some harmless soul;
let’s swallow them alive, like the grave,
and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
we will get all sorts of valuable things
and fill our houses with plunder;
cast lots with us;
we will all share the loot”—
my son, do not go along with them,
do not set foot on their paths;
for their feet rush into evil,
they are swift to shed blood.
— Proverbs 1:10-16

Speaking of influence...

The people we pull close have the chance to influence us most.

As children, our family played the biggest role of influence in our lives. As time goes on we begin to let our friends influence us and as adults the people in our circle of influence expands to work and play. The one thing that is clear from this proverb is this… the company you keep matters. 

You have heard the saying “keep your friend close and your enemies closer”. While this may serve as a modern day proverb that speaks to staying protected from your enemies, in Proverbs 1 God is clearly concerned with who you let keep close. The closer people are to you, the more influence they have on your life…

Maybe keeping enemies closer is really a bad idea. In fact, maybe we should all take a close look into our circle of influence and see what kind of company is making an impact on our lives. 

Keep in mind that the company you keep matters.

If the people in your life are constantly encouraging you to be someone you're not excited about being, maybe they should not be as close company as you have made them.

We should always have a healthy mixture of people around us, but if they don’t respect your values enough to encourage you in them, it might be time to find new company.