Do You Have These Kind Of Friends?

“And when Paul wanted to go into the assembly, the disciples would not let him.  And also some of the Asiarchs who were friends of his sent to him and repeatedly urged him not to venture into the theater.”  (Acts 19:30-31).

The Apostle Paul had the right kind of friends, the kind who stopped him from doing what he wanted to do when it wasn’t the best thing for him to do.

If you don’t have friends who will tell you not to do something that’s not right, you don’t have the right kind of friends.

Tiger Woods apparently didn’t have these kind of friends, or if he did he ignored them.  Instead Woods became the pied piper of a lackey parade that would make Macy’s envious. This seems to be par for the course for many professional athletes and celebrities.  It doesn’t have to be true of you.

Do you have the kind of friends who can tell you not to do something immoral or stupid?  Are you the kind of friend that will be the voice of warning to a friend getting ready to make a bad decision?  If not, you should question whether you are a friend or have any real friends.  (p.s. Thanks to Steven Furtick for his insight on Acts 19:30-31 that inspired this blog post).  GS