What Would Jesus Do?
I deal with all kinds of people everyday. It’s almost impossible for you not to meet someone whose personality wouldn’t rub off on you. Someone is bound to influence you. It’s usually the person with the stronger personality and has a magnetic appeal. The problem is not all people who influence other people have the right attitude and outlook in life, that’s why we tend to get influenced in the wrong way. One simple example would be how you react. If you notice, when we hang around with a person too much, we start to talk speak like them, even with the reactions, the same bad words that come out of our friend’s mouth. A person with negative outlook in life is bound to influence another person into thinking the same way. It’s quite toxic.
Most of us including myself, lack the wisdom to know when to hang on and when to let go of a relationship, or to be aware of something wrong that is going on around us and to correct ourselves. However, ideally speaking, we are not meant to stay away from these people who affect us in negative way, but rather it should be an opportunity for us to influence them into thinking the right way, which is God‘s way. It’s a tough job, though. We need to have s strong foundation with the Lord to do this. The best thing that we can do is pray that if a relationship would change us negatively, we ask for the Lord to take away the relationship from us, and trust that He will help us.
I remember reading in the bible a story of Jesus dining with a Levi tax collector and his tax collector friends at the Levi’s house. The Pharisees asked the apostles why were they dining with tax collectors. Tax collectors during that time are known thieves and corrupt people without any morals. Jesus simply told them that those who are well don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. He meant to set that as an example for us to follow.
Let’s pray that we may be granted by the Lord wisdom and guidance in our choices in life.