Book: Proverbs 22
“Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul.”
I recently heard of a study where they took a group of people who were feeling neutral, not happy or sad and for 15 minutes put them in a room. The rule was that they had to sit and not talk. There was one exception and that was they included one person who was feeling agitated and angry. After the time was up they asked each participant how they were feeling. All of them were no longer neutral in their feeling but instead were a little more agitated and angry. It only took 15 minutes sitting in a room of strangers with one of them not happy to change all the participant’s feelings. That is amazing.
Those we spend time with will influence our feelings and outlook on life if we are not careful. There have been times that my wife and I have been ministering to people and after finishing up have gone off and prayed for each other that none of their attitudes or emotions would cling to us. Someone once described being prayed for after ministering as taking a spiritual bath. We want to make sure that we are clean and have not developed detrimental attitudes that will hamper the work the King has for us.
If you find that the negative attitude of one of your friends or associates is starting to rub off on you then make changes. Find a wise godly person and spend time with them instead. God has entrusted you with your life and He expects that you will not endanger it but rather become all that He made you to be. He doesn’t want you to learn bad habits and be an angry, hot-tempered person that destroys others and yourself. There are many other people who are becoming the men and women God desires them to be and that is who I want to be friends with. It is those people who are going to maximize their lives for the Kingdom.
Today, take time to consider your friendships. Ask God to show you if any of those relationships need to change. Ask the Lord to give you healthy friendships and help you to be the friend others need.