Proverbs 13:20 (NKJV)
There are many choices that we make in life. Some choices we make daily, like what to wear or what to eat, while other choices we only make at certain times, like where to take a vacation or what car to buy. Some choices are not so important and others are very significant. But, no matter what type of choice it is, a choice must be made. When we face a situation where we have to decide something, we of course always want to make the right choice. And one of the biggest and most important choices we will make in life is about the people we spend our time with.
We may have coworkers, neighbors, or even family members that had we been given the choice we may or may not have chosen, but we can make choices about who to build long-term relationships with. We should not just latch on to the first person that seems nice to us, has something that we admire, or who even seems to be popular. But, instead, we need to examine the lifestyle and standards of the people we have contact with to determine who to spend our time with. We can walk in love and be friendly with everyone, but, there are some people we should be friends with and some that we should not.
It is a sad but true fact that many people put more thought into the food they will eat than they do on who they spend their time with. One easy guideline for us in developing relationships is to be sure that the people we spend our time with have a relationship with Jesus Christ as the focus of their life. In Proverbs 13:20 it says that the companion of fools will be "destroyed". This word, "destroyed", literally means "to mar", which refers to something being damaged, possibly beyond repair. By being around the wrong people we can bring damage to ourselves. We need to pick the right kind of companions who will help to build us up in life and in our walk with God.