Relationship Audit (14 October)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

Good people have kind thoughts,
    but you should never trust
    the advice of someone evil.

Wise friends make you wise,
    but you hurt yourself
    by going around with fools.

Don’t make friends with anyone
    who has a bad temper.

Proverbs 12.5, 13.20, 22.24

Reflect:

Have you given much thought to the impact your friends have on you? Proverbs is full of pithy observations about the way things are; these three particular nuggets focus on the truth that we are shaped by those we spend time with and open ourselves up to in friendship.

Respond:

Prayerfully think through your friendships. Are there any relationships you need to consider walking away from - perhaps that are leading you in a bad direction, hurting you, or bringing out the worst in your character?

Midday Meditation:

Do as God does. After all, you are his dear children. Let love be your guide. Christ loved us and offered his life for us as a sacrifice that pleases God…Don’t let anyone trick you with foolish talk. God punishes everyone who disobeys him and says foolish things. So don’t have anything to do with anyone like that. You used to be like people living in the dark, but now you are people of the light because you belong to the Lord. So act like people of the light and make your light shine.

(From Ephesians 5)

Evening Reflection:

“Ah Lord! who seest the secrets of the heart, Thou knowest if I yet expect anything from myself, or if there be anything which I would refuse to Thee!”

(Madame Guyon)

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