“He that is walking with wise persons will become wise.”—PROVERBS 13:20.
IN A way, people are like sponges; they tend to absorb whatever surrounds them. It is all too easy to adopt—even unwittingly—the attitudes, standards, and personality traits of those with whom we have close association.
The Bible expresses an inescapable truth when it says: “He that is walking with wise persons will become wise, but he that is having dealings with the stupid ones will fare badly.” (Proverbs 13:20) This proverb speaks about more than casual contact. The expression “walking with” suggests ongoing association. Commenting on this verse, one Bible reference work says: “To walk with a person implies love and attachment.” Would you not agree that we tend to imitate those we love? Indeed, because we attach ourselves emotionally to those we love, they can have a molding effect on us—for good or for bad.
To remain in God’s love, it is vital that we seek out associates who will influence us for the good. How can we do that? Put simply, we can do so by loving those whom God loves, making his friends our friends. Think about it. What better associates could we choose than those who have the qualities that Jehovah looks for in his friends?