by David Cawston

The Circle of Trust
David Clawston
Proverbs 19:20


From the time we begin to be alert that there are other people in our lives, we begin to develop social relationships, we begin to seek approval and advice of others. We are influenced by our friends, whether they be family or outside the family. Part of our influence happens because of the need for social acceptance.

We don't want be different.
We want to have the approval of our peer group

We as parents recognize it particularly in the teenage years.
What is it that your teens say to you?
"Mom everybody is doing it."

As a parent we become concerned during the teenage years, that our teens make the right choices of friends, because we are aware that friends have a great influence over their life.

But somehow we loose sight of that, as we become adults.

We loose sight of the fact that friends are necessary and we do things to have their approval.

Often times without knowing it, friends become the circle of our trust.
In another words,
They are the people that we share our lives with.
They are the people that know our pending decisions.
They are the people that we turn to for advice.

Whether those friends are at home, those friends are in the work place or those friends are long time acquaintances, how many a man or a woman has gotten in to trouble because of the counsel of their friends.
It was the basis of this that Paul wrote 2 Corinthians 6:14-17
14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?
15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?
16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people."
17 "Therefore come out from them ...

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