Bren🦅 @MomentsWithBren Educational Equity. Information Literacy. Modifying Mental Models. Personal Growth. Decent Work Opportunities. Social Psychology. Knowledge Economy. Systems. May. 02, 2020 2 min read

Who are they? Do you really know them? Why are you so quick to call them friends?

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:33

A person of integrity is easy to recognize. Instantly, we want to spend time with them and enjoy their company.

Don't just allow anyone into your life - some only want access to you so they can abuse you. Be friends with those who can nourish you while you do the same to them.

Today I am thankful for the life and growth of my best friend who is in a Naval Flight School in the US🦅.

The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray. (Proverbs 12:26)

There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)

If you hang out with angry people, you’ll find their attitude is contagious. Instead, be mature and work calmly to solve problems.

Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul. (Proverbs 22:24-25)

Deception earns contempt, but humble integrity is respected by everyone. Resist temptation. Be a person of honor instead.

Whoever loves a pure heart and gracious speech will have the king as a friend. (Proverbs 22:11)

Tactful correction is one of the most difficult parts of friendship.

An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy. (Proverbs 27:5-6)

The more we care about a friend, the more we will want to build them up. Sincere praise is a treasured gift.

The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. (Proverbs 27:9)

Friends Shape and Sharpen One Another

We all need the objective help of a friend to become better people.

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. (Proverbs 27:17)

True Friends Strengthen and Help Each Other

When competition is removed from friendship, then real growth begins. A true friend is a valuable ally.

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help.

1 Thessalonians 5:11
"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing."

Proverbs 27:9 
"Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel"

Proverbs 13:20 

"Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm."

Proverbs 27:17
"Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another."

I am reflecting and I know the importance of having people who will educate, encourage, empower and edify you. Avoid those who are haughty and deceitful.

If chosen right, your friends can be the greatest source of love, healing, joy, and encouragement.

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