The Intoxication of Passion – Bible Journey Day 11

Bible Journey – Day 11

The Intoxication of Passion

Proverbs 22:17-24:22


Do not make friends with an angry person, and do not associate with a wrathful person, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.

(Pro 22:24-25 NET.)


You ever have that one friend whose social parameters were a little bit… different from the rest of the world? Maybe they were just oblivious to the stares of bystanders? Class clowns and divas seem to have this attribute in spades, and there is something intoxicating about being their friend. As long as you are not on the receiving end of the torrent of craziness, there’s something impressive and awe-inspiring about watching a completely unselfconscious tirade. It gets your adrenaline going, and you just can’t believe what you’re seeing! WOW!


But the wisdom of Solomon calls us back from intoxication to a sober-minded reflection. Why do you think it is so dangerous to be friends with an angry person? What kind of snare is Solomon warning against?


In HIS love,

nick

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About Nick Gill

orphan-poet-adoptee-soldier-prodigal-servant-husband- counselor-desperate seeker after my Father's face "I feel my body weakened by the years as people turn to gods of cruel design. Is it that they fear the pain of death, or is it that they fear the joy of life?" - Toad the Wet Sprocket

Posted on 7 October, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Well, what I first got thinking about was a situation I was fairly involved in, albeit on the sidelines. It’s kinda a long story, but I’ll try to keep it as short as possible. 🙂
    A friend of mine started hanging out with a young woman who occasionally worshiped with our congregation. This young woman was a little immodest in her dress and some of her actions were questionable, though I sincerely tried not to judge her and reach out to her instead. Let’s just say I was wary around her. Anyway, my friend got closely involved with her, later she told me she did things with this new friend that she knew were not wise, but they were fun so she did them anyway. Unfortunately this young woman got too close with my friend’s husband too, if you know what I mean. However, though the husband confessed after being wracked (racked?) with guilt, this young woman not only wouldn’t confess, but she started spreading lies and terribly rotten stories about my friend and her husband. It was a long, terrible ordeal, and in the middle of it, my friend said she wished she had avoided it all by following her instincts about the things they were doing that were not wise. She knew she was being sucked in by the devil, and sensed that this friendship was leading to destruction, rather than edification.

    I think at some point you have to consider whether the people you associate with are leading you to heaven or pulling you away. It’s not that you can’t associate with them or be friendly to them — but you have to be aware of who’s influencing who the most.

    I’ve found that it’s really hard to counsel my oldest son on this matter. On the one hand, I sincerely want to teach him to reach out to people, no matter their economic level, no matter what kind of family situation they have, etc. However, especially at his young age, as a parent I worry about him being influenced by the others more than he can influence them.

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