More Moments About Proverbs 18

Ann Swindell

While community is important, the type of community we surround ourselves with is what will really make or break our spiritual growth. We can be surrounded by lots of people but still have no one who will actually stand with us, love us and point us to the truth. Verse 24 says that "A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother" (Proverbs 18:24). The wisdom here is that it is better to have a few close friends who will love and treat us like (healthy) family rather than be surrounded by people who don't actually care about us.

The wonderful news is that none of us are left without the truest Friend there is: Jesus Christ. We are not alone, and we are never friendless. In John 15, Jesus speaks these words to His disciples: "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you" (John 15:13-15).

If you are feeling isolated, the first friend that you can turn to is Jesus. Ask Him to meet with you — He will stick closer to you than any brother, and He will speak the truth to you in love. You have the deepest friendship that you long for and need in Him.

Major Moment: Wise community is a safeguard against foolishness.

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