“Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.” Prov. 22:24-25
Today’s Christian daily devotional
It is a gorgeous Tuesday afternoon. The sun is playfully peaking through my window, urging me to get a life and drop my computer work. Glancing at my pale arms motivates me to do just that. Thinking of the Chicago winter that is looming just around the corner, I drop my computer work like I put off my piling laundry. I am determined to enjoy every moment of the day.
Smiling as I toss on my sunglasses and don my running shoes, I relish in my newfound freedom. I throw my phone in my bag—just in case. My husband insists that I carry it whenever I am out; it I never owned one that would be perfectly fine with me.
As soon as my hot pink Nike hits the pavement, my phone rings. Peeking into my purse, I glance at the caller id. My heart sinks as I can feel an invisible black cloud descend on my sunny afternoon. I know this officially makes me a “bad friend”, but the truth of the matter is I was just starting to enjoy my day.
Typically, after a conversation with this particular friend, she ends up feeling better and I end up feeling anxious, depressed and drained. Turning the ringer off, I continue on. But, unfortunately there is no “off” button for the guilt that is bubbling and festering inside me.
Proverbs 22:24-24 confirms the simple truth that God wants us to have good friends.
Not one person can escape this universal truth: There are only twenty-four hours in a day. With a roster full of jobs and responsibilities, having a spare moment to enjoy the company of a friend is a priceless luxury. Time spent can never be recovered; it one of the precious and irreplaceable commodities of life.
Friendships are for support, learning and restoration. If there is not a mutual give and take of encouragement and help; that friendship could not only be stealing from your quality of life, it could be hampering your intimacy with God.
Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you to a healthier friendship management. Invest your precious time for the people who end up making you a better, not bitter person.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
You created all men in your image, even the negative ones! I know that friendships can make or break my relationship with you. You said so in Prov. 22:24-25! So, I know you don’t take friendships lightly. Lord, guide me with the wisdom of you. I need you to help me choose my friends and help me let go of the ones you want me to. I am trusting that you will help me to do this gracefully I need your wisdom and your blessing on all I do, because I am doing it all for you. In Jesus’ precious name, all for the best relationship with you, Amen.”
Thank you for reading today’s Christian daily devotional on verses: Proverbs 22:24-25
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan
*I dedicate this devotion to my best friend Leah. Thank you for being the kind of friend everyone should have. You are a rare gem and I just want you to know, you are appreciated.