Proverbs 12:26 (NKJV) The righteous should choose his friends carefully, For the way of the wicked leads them astray.

Speaking of the commandments, Jesus said: ““The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31 NKJV). In light of the second of these commandments, Proverbs 12:26 can be thought of this way: “The righteous should search out his neighbor, for the way of the wicked will seduce them.” Meaning to say be aware of their intentions and motivations. A child of God with pure intentions and a loving heart wants to help other people. While people, believers and unbelievers alike, with evil intentions and hidden agendas will try to hurt other people. That is why we should choose our friends carefully. And that is why a child of God will rebuke other believers when they are wrong. That is the most helpful and loving thing he or she can do. Just as the Prophet Nathan rebuked his best friend David, when he said to David “Thou art the man” (see 2 Samuel 12:7). When we are doing wrong, when we are dabbling in sin, it is wonderful to have a good friend who will rebuke us in love. The right words said in love gets straight to the point and are received well. That is if the recipient’s heart is not filled with pride. That is why my friends, we should empty ourselves of pride. So that when a friend reproves us with love, we will take it all in, instead of putting up a wall. For a child of God will search out his neighbor. That is exactly what we should expect from our godly friends with a loving heart. But those friends of ours with a wicked heart will pat us on the back and seduce us with kind words, then they crucify us behind our backs. This proverb gets right down where the rubber meets the road, right down into the church, right down into our friendships. Correct? “The righteous should choose his friends carefully.”

God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.