Watch out for Alexander the coppersmith. Fiercely opposed to our Message, he caused no end of trouble. God will give him what he’s got coming. 2 Timothy 4:14-15
In his writings Paul refers to numerous associates Demas, Luke, Quartus, Timothy and others. It is good to have friends who can be relied upon.
The cost of entry to recovery can be loss of old associates. Those we mixed with in the past may become difficult on learning the road we have chosen to travel. 2 Timothy 3:2-4 says “people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers, impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust, and allergic to God.” It is not uncommon for people to come along side us in recovery offering future help to turn on us as help is needed. Proverbs 18:24 tells us “Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family.”
The Bible also tells us “Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble.” (Proverbs 17:17) The best friend we all have access to in the process of recovery is Jesus Christ, the One True Higher Power. He is the only friend that will always be there, always stick by us and always be prepared to support through all kinds of trouble.
Lord befriend me, draw me away from wrong and harmful associations. Teach me to befriend the right people in the future.