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.”

 FormedbyFellowship_postAs 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 not discriminate.

If we choose to keep company with foolishness, we set our life on a course that will not end well.

Question: Why would we want to allow misery into our lives?

We must be careful of hanging out with fools because bad habits are quickly learned and imitated.

“A Dutch proverb says, “He that lives with cripples learns to limp;” and the Spanish, “He that goes with wolves learns to howl.” We have a homely English proverb, “He that lies down with dogs shall rise up with fleas;” so the Orientals say, “He that takes the raven for his guide shall light upon carrion.”[1]

And the Holy Scripture says, “But the companion of fools will suffer harm.”

Again, be cautious regarding the company you keep.


Lord, we are at times attracted to foolishness, please help us appreciate wisdom and the fruit it brings, Amen.



[1] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Proverbs (p. 254). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

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