In the Company of Godly Friends
Last week I received two phone calls that came completely “out of the blue.” Friends were calling to see how we are coping with all of the changes and challenges of the pandemic world we live in. We talked for a long time, sharing what we were learning and how we were adjusting to everything. It was a joy to spend some time “together.”
Friendships like that enrich us and make us better people. They help us to face tough circumstances and to act with grace and godly character. It is no surprise that we become like the people that we associate with; we become like the people that we hang out with. As we rub shoulders with godly men and women, something rubs off on us.
The use of the word ‘walk’ in Proverbs 13:20 follows the same principle of the word in the New Testament. It can be substituted with the word ‘live,’ and is reflected in the following verses from the book of Ephesians:
Walk worthy of the calling you have received (Eph. 4:1).
You must no longer live (or walk) as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking (Eph. 4:17).
Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children, and walk a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God (Eph. 5:1-2).
Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity (Eph. 5:15-16).
Living the Spirit-filled life includes walking alongside and learning from Spirit-filled people. We are called to walk with people in the community of the faithful. This is a valuable resource which enables us to grow in our relationship with God, and become the people God wants us to be.