April 22: “People Are Contagious”

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Today’s Bible Reading:

Joshua 24:1-33
Luke 21:1-28
Psalm 89:38-52
Proverbs 13:20-23 

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Proverbs 13:20 (NLT): “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

People are contagious. We tend to give people what we’ve got, and we get what those around us have.

… and I’m not even talking about sickness or even COVID-19. I’m talking about attitude. I’m talking about perspective. I’m talking about discipline, motivation, and so much more.

If we spend a significant amount of time around someone who has stinkin’ thinkin’, we risk developing that kind of mindset. However, if we get around people who are full of hope and optimism, that mindset will tend to rub off on us as well.

This principle applies to just about any attribute someone has. Stay around them long enough, and it will start to rub off on you. And your attitudes will rub off on them.

It’s no surprise that Solomon recognized this principle almost 3,000 years ago. 

If we spend significant amounts of time with people who are saturated with wisdom, we will begin to develop a depth to our own knowledge and its application. 

On the other hand, if we hang around fools, we’ll start becoming like them … and experience the consequences.

Proverbs 13:20 (NLT): “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.”

So, who are you hanging around? As you look at the people you spend most of your time with, would you say that they are what you want to become like? If not, pray about being the positive, Christ-like influencer in those relationships but look for other relationships with people who have traits you want to develop.


Matt Ellis is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Polk City, Florida (fbcpolkcity.com). His latest book is God’s Grace in the Real World. Connect with him on FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn.

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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