Proverbs 14: King James Bible
Friends with the World – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter fourteen, Verses
2 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the Lord: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Friends with the World
If you’ve spent more than five minutes walking out your Christian faith, you know the verse above to be as true as it can get. There is nothing that this world hates more, than someone walking upright (spiritually speaking), who fears the Lord God Almighty.
This is one of the easiest truths in the Bible to prove to anyone who questions the validity of the Bible. Tell the friends that you run with that you’re turning over a new leaf, going to stop doing whatever it is that may be socially sinful, and begin speaking Jesus to them. Without a healthy dose of divine intervention, you’ll see just how quickly, what was once thought as close friendships, can turn on you on a dime.
I’ll bet there are some of you reading this, who have gone through that exact scenario. I did a whole lifetime ago, but throughout the years with either friends, or family, there comes times where you take an obvious turn from where others would expect you to go.
When it becomes clear to others, that you have committed yourself down a path that goes against the carnal instincts of unsaved friends, there is no better word to use, than despise. They despise you for it. And the thing is, they may not even have any clue why.
We hold tight to many of the promises of the Lord Jesus. But there is a promise that he gave us, that many of us who are called Christian, tend to ignore. That promise would be, that the world will hate us. Not might, may, or will think about it. He said that it WILL hate us.
Funny, as we watch the church at large, doing its utmost to become friends with the world, looking like the world, and now behaving like the world, that this promise seems to go forgotten. Not all churches or all Christian gatherings, but you know what I mean. The overall attitude, seems to be, that if we get along with the world, look and behave like the world, then the world will see how alike we are. And if perceived alike, they’ll know how cool it is to come in, and become a member of this church or that church.
So, if Jesus promised us that the world will hate you, yet you find that it doesn’t, wouldn’t you think that you could be on the wrong track? If you’re not making waves, then you’re not in the water. To be friends with the world is to be enemies of God Almighty himself!
Does this mean that we don’t have any unsaved friends? No, you know that’s not what I’m saying. I’m sure every Christian has unsaved friends and family that get along just fine. But unfortunately, I have found that to be outside of the norm, for those who do their utmost to walk upright, and boldly for the Lord.
Related New Testament Scripture
James 4: King James Bible
4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Matthew 10: King James Bible
20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. 21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. 22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
John 15: King James Bible
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Thank you for your Word as always, and thank you for your insight through your Holy Spirit, into what you want for us to get out of each lesson you have for us. Should there be times where we aim to get along with the world, rather than walk upright in fear of you, please quickly correct us Father. Convict our hearts, so that we may learn when we’re doing just that. All so that we may become better children unto you, and serve you better, for your glory and not our own. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever experienced the pressure that must be faced, while we resist being friends with the world?