Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Proverbs 13:20

+You become wise by doing life with the wise
+Wisdom is contagious. Wisdom rubs off
+Walk with = do life with
+Wise people understand that life is connected and they live/act accordingly. Today’s decisions are connected to tomorrow’s outcomes. So, decide today based on tomorrow.

A fool in Proverbs is someone who knows right from wrong but doesn’t care.

+Friends who aren’t careful with their lives will not be careful with yours
+Friends who don’t take care of themselves won’t take care of you
+Friends who don’t take care of their marriages won’t look out for yours
+Friends who are irresponsible with their finances will be irresponsible with yours
+Friends who don’t mind abusing their bodies won’t mind if you abuse yours
+Friends who cheat will feel better about themselves if you will to
+Friends who break the law won’t confront you about breaking the law

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.

Your conscience should light up when…
+It dawns on you that your core group isn’t moving in the direction you want your life to be moving. Where people are heading is a good indication of where they are leading
+You catch yourself pretending to be someone other than who you really are – when someone tells you that you act differently around him/her
+You feel pressure to compromise – not when you’ve compromised. Something that has never been a real temptation becomes a live option. Friends value what is valuable to you.
+You hear yourself saying, “I’ll go but I won’t participate.”
+You hope the people you care about most don’t find out where you’ve been or whom you’ve been with

A year from now, you might wish you could come back to today and act on what you’ve heard. So, why not pretend that today is your second chance and make some tough choices now!

**This was taken from a sermon at Calvary Chapel of Taylorsville by Danny Loudermilk**

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