Don't Be Afraid

Proverbs 13:20 (NKJV)

He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be

destroyed.


Proverbs 27:17 (NKJV)

As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.


There are things all around us that can influence us. Some of those things are

good, some are not. We need to remember that we are in this world, but not of

it. We have to pay attention to what we let drive our thought processes. Now,

that doesn’t mean we shut everyone and everything out. Don’t be afraid to be

“sharpened” by those who are honestly trying to help you be better, even if it is

not something you necessarily want to hear. Iron isn’t sharpened without

something being ground away.


Not only do others influence us, our goal as Christians should be to influence

other people. It’s ok to hold each other accountable when we see something that

doesn’t line up with the Word, as long as it is done from an attitude of genuine

love. Be honest with yourself and the people you are close with. Don’t be afraid

to reach out and ask, “What have you done with God lately?” Don’t be afraid to

get real with the people you trust, and don’t be afraid to ask for help!


Think about what image you are projecting: are you being the kind of person you

would want to look up to? Are you helping someone else be that kind of person?

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