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Who are your influencers?

06 July 2021
‘My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them!’

We can often underestimate the influence that other people can have on us. Even the TV programmes we watch and the social media accounts we follow can have an effect on us. We tend to become like the people we spend the most time with, so it’s very important that we choose our companions wisely. Here are some tips for making sure that we’re surrounding ourselves with good influences: 1) Try to become aware of who and what influences you the most. There might be a particular person or group that we gravitate towards, or a YouTube channel that we tend to head to when we’re alone. We should try to develop an awareness of who has the most potential to influence us. 2) Check if they’re likely to be good or bad influences. Notice the way they talk, dress, show respect or a lack of it, and how they interact with others. We should also ask ourselves if they draw us closer to God or push us away from Him. 3) Look out for warning signs. If someone is having a negative influence on us, chances are that when we stop to consider our behaviour, we’ll begin to notice things like we’re becoming indifferent towards spiritual things, we’re developing a defiant spirit, or we’re attracted to things that God wouldn’t approve of. Proverbs 1:10 says: ‘If sinners entice you, turn your back on them’ (NLT). When Joseph was being tempted by Potiphar, he didn’t stop to let himself be trapped – he simply ran from the temptation. That’s a legitimate course of action if we feel we’re being separated from God. We shouldn’t allow anything to replace God’s influence on our lives.

 

What Now?

At the end of the day, think back over who you spent your time with. Can you recognise any negative influencers? Ask God to show you if there are any people that you need to take a step back from.

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