There is a Spanish proverb: “Tell me with whom you walk, and I will tell you who you are.” Although a generalization, the kernel of truth dictates that in order for us to flourish in our faith walk, we must make the conscious decision to surround ourselves with those who will support our journey. It is difficult to grow in God when we’re surrounded by those whose relationship with Him does not align with ours. We must love them and minister to them, but also not allow them to influence the direction in which the Lord is calling us to move.
“Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts. – 2 Timothy 2:22 NLT