There’s power in association. Youths recognize this in school and group themselves as they explore what identity they want. A person could be an athlete or a debater. No one wants to be considered a loner. The same holds true for adults.
We join clubs and professional organizations to network. We associate with like-minded neighbors and become members in churches.
Choose with care where you spend your time because companions often establish your reputation. Are you part of a group known for integrity and innovation? Or are you on a team that complains all the time and does the bare minimum?
In our Christian walk, we have the responsibility to model Jesus’ teachings. “…You shouldn’t act as if everything is just fine when a friend who claims to be a Christian is promiscuous or crooked, is flip with God or rude to friends, gets drunk or becomes greedy and predatory. You can’t just go along with this, treating it as acceptable behavior” (1 Corinthians 5:11 The Message).
If we are honorable and loving in candid conversations, we keep everyone swimming in the right direction.
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