There’s a saying that you become the sum of the five people you spend the most time with.
If you’re choosing to hang out with smart, godly people, this will have a tremendous effect on your life and your walk with God.
But if you’re not intentional with your time and relationships, you can become susceptible to negative influences.
Ultimately, this can drag you into a place of despair, disassociation, or depression.
In Psalm 1:1, David explains: “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers…” (NIV)
If you want God’s blessings on your life, you need to be careful about who you spend time with.
People who are consistently at odds with your walk with God will likely drag you down to an unhealthy place.
Also, engaging in meaningful relationships with those who are godly will help you grow in fellowship with God.
Skipping out on these relationships, and avoiding the people that God’s placed in your life, can subvert the relationship you want to have with Him.
Your relationship with God is a mutual one, rather than a ‘you serve me’ sort of deal.
If you want to enjoy a deep, intimate, [and] authentic relationship with God, you’ll have to decide what you’re willing to do to grow.
I implore you to embrace the people that God has put in your life and create space between you and those who attempt to pull you down.