Formed by Fellowship—Day 5

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Formed by Fellowship—Day 5 Proverbs 13: 20 “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”  As we conclude this week’s devotional series, let us give attention to the hidden question that is nestled between this familiar passage. What do we do when we are transitioning between walking with foolish people to walking with wise men? Moreover, what should we do when wise companionship is scarce? That in and of itself is a disturbing thought, however, a thought that is becoming more noticeable today. We must learn to be okay temporarily walking alone. Perhaps, that is a dilemma for some of us and the following reason why we settle for walking with others despite their foolishness, the fear of being alone. Question: Are we okay being by ourselves? Because we are formed by our fellowships, there is a great deal at stake. Therefore, we...

Formed by Fellowship—Day 4

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Formed by Fellowship—Day 4 Proverbs 13: 20 “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”  As we meditate on the second part of our devotional text, we must ask ourselves, why would I want to keep company with someone who is foolish? What does that say about us personally? Our devotional passage presents the fool as one who lacks understanding and stands in rebellion to the standard. Not only does the fool lack understanding but they are comfortable with not understanding. How far can we go in life if we do not get a proper understanding of things? Another word that can be used for a fool is, “stupid fellow.” Those who spend time with stupid people become stupid themselves. No one is exempt from this teaching. It is important to note that stupidity has nothing to do with social status or economic stability. Stupidity does...

Formed by Fellowship—Day 3

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Formed by Fellowship—Day 3 Proverbs 13:20 “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”  Because we are social creatures, it is no wonder our self-identity and fate are profoundly shaped by those with whom we spend our time. Nevertheless, our devotional passage reminds us that although others contribute to shaping us, we are responsible for wisely choosing those contributors. Question: Have you done a good job of surrounding yourself with wise companions? When the preposition “with” is connected to the verb halakh “to walk” it means to associate with someone. “To walk” stresses a repetitive action that lasts. Walking with the wise means staying close and moving in the same direction they are moving in. “He who walks with wise men will be wise.”  In Hebrew will be wise is, châkam,...

Formed by Fellowships—Day 2

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Formed by Fellowships—Day 2 Proverbs 13: 20 “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” This week’s devotional reminds us to be cautious of keeping company with those with whom unhealthy fellowships are formed. Although it encourages us to be selective, Proverbs 13: 20 does not embolden an attitude of self-righteousness; it is a reminder and warning that our associations dictate development. Some theologians believe the overall thought is wisdom benefits people who live wisely and become living examples of wisdom. R. E. Murphy writes in the Word Biblical Commentary, “A modern analogy would be the school teacher who judges that the home situation of a student must be of such quality as to reinforce education.”[1] In other words, we learn from those whom we spend our time with. If we leave well-behaved children in...

Formed by Fellowship

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Formed by Fellowship Proverbs 13: 20 “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” As long as I can remember, my mother has said that I have never had a problem finding friends. My wife would validate my mom’s observation. I am often inviting others into my life for meals, fellowship, gatherings, etc. I do this out of compassion for the souls of people desiring that they might experience the redemptive power of God. My wife says, “You never meet a stranger.” However, there is a vast difference between those whom we spend time with to offer the love of Christ to and those associates who determine our development. There is a familiar expression, “Show me who your friends are, and I will tell you what kind of person you are.” Question: Why are we not diligent when it comes to the company we keep? Do we...