"Show me your friends and I'll show you who you are" was a saying that we mentioned in this devotional, and it's one that you may have heard and or will hear at one point in your life. This is so vital because the people who were spend our time with can, as we spoke of earlier, have both a negative and positive impact on our lives. That said, what can we do when we're surrounded by people who don't have our best interest at heart? People like this are constantly being negative, telling you that you can't accomplish your goals or are simply bullying you, to name a few examples. Where can we go from there?

In week two of this devotional we discussed the choice of friendship and it's impact: walking with the wise is capable of making us wise people, whereas walking with "fools" negatively impacts who we are becoming (Proverbs 13:20). God has given us the responsibility of choice and helps to understand the importance of boundaries in relationships; we have to be careful about who we decide to call our friends.

While God teaches us to love everyone who we encounter and treat them with respect, God doesn't desire for us to be in close relationship with everyone we meet; it's never not about the amount of friends we have but it's about having the right kind friends. Try as best as you can to surround yourself with people who love you and are concerned with your well-being and will push you to become a better, more well-rounded person. 

What are the qualities of a "real friend"? How do those friendships impact you? What are some ways to set boundaries for negative friendships? 

“There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.”

Proverbs 18:24 NLT