The Tribe!

The subject of association has now become a controversial subject that many people including believers, don’t have a specific stand on the kind of people they keep around them.

1 Corinthians 15:33
[33] Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.”
(NLT)

Recently, I studied the book of Daniel and I was able to get some rules for friendship. Daniel and his three friends (Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah) were taken captive by a foreign country and there was nothing they could do about it. In Babylon, they got exposed to brand new culture, food, and policies. Still, they recognized this truth and used it all to their advantage, sticking together the whole time.

Daniel 1:4
[4]  “Select only strong, healthy, and good-looking young men,” he said. “Make sure they are well versed in every branch of learning, are gifted with knowledge and good judgment, and are suited to serve in the royal palace. Train these young men in the language and literature of Babylon. “
(NLT)

Before they were selected, all four men had similar and unique qualities. Beyond the surface of outward qualities the King requested, they shared the same set of values (faith and the drive for excellence). This automatically made them connect and helped them form an outstanding tribe of four.

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

Indeed, there is life in the counsel the word of God gives us as believers. Have you been cautious and conscious about those in your inner circle? Do you have a support system? Who are they? What values guide your choice? Take out time to reflect on these questions.

Daniel 1:20
[20] And in all matters of wisdom [and] understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians [and] astrologers who [were] in all his realm.
(NKJV)

Never associate with people whose importance in your life can’t be pointed out. This is dangerous to your journey to destiny. Move only with people who are ‘value-adders‘ because, in the long run, their impact and influence will rub off equally on you. Don’t forget, iron sharpens iron! Create your tribe of sharpeners!

Proverbs 27:17
[17] As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
(NLT)

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