It’s Contagious: Proverbs for the Young

Friday Assembly: Headmaster’s Address (February 24, 2017)

Proverbs 22:24-25 (NKJV)
Make no friendship with an angry man,
And with a furious man do not go,
Lest you learn his ways
And set a snare for your soul.

The proverbs teach us about many different things. This particular proverb has a couple things that I want you to understand:

#1. Who your friends are matters. This proverb warns us that we will become like our friends. We will turn into the people that we hang out with.

This can be good or this can be bad. If we spend time with people who speak kindly, make peace, show patience, and give thanks, they will help us become kind, peaceable, patient, thankful people. If we pal around with friends who let sin run their lives, sin will start to run our lives too.

#2. Anger is dangerous. One thing that we know about God is that He is slow to anger. We should be slow to anger too. Remember Proverbs 16:32? “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”

If who our friends are matters, and if anger is dangerous, then angry friends become a trap for us. Do your friends go off in a huff when people won’t play the game exactly the way they want it? Do your friends yell at their parents when they don’t want to leave the party? Do your friends shove, hit, or kick to make sure they get what they want?

Now, even more importantly–do you do any of these things? Are you the angry friend that is leading others into sin?

Guard your soul from falling into a trap. Choose your friends wisely, and guard yourself against anger–because the worst thing about anger is that it’s contagious.

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