Hoomi wrote:I will definitely agree that there is a certain factor of spirit-leading in who we associate with, as I think all of us at one time or another have gotten that, "you need to stay away from this person" feeling, even though we can't intellectually pinpoint a reason why we should. Sometimes it is because the person presents a physical danger to us (i.e. someone prone to violent outbursts, etc.), and sometimes a spiritual danger (sinful influence, strong temptation, etc.). Sometimes, we need to be like Joseph and run like the dickens away from the temptation, like he did from Potiphar's wife. My own suspicion is that he was reaching the point where her advances were becoming much too inviting to him. He was a Godly man, but he was still a man. I'd warrant his flesh wanted to accept her invitations, and the only way for his spirit to win out, was to get away. A good example for us to remember.
This is particularly important when it comes to the "wolves in sheep's clothing" we get in the church. There may not be an obvious pattern of sin for us to identify, but instead, they are engaging in the dangerous practice of twisting Scriptures and doctrines to lead others astray.
I hear you too Hoomi. Even I just recently decided not to talk to a particular person, beyond the basic pleasantries.
I love this person dearly, dearly, and we have had wonderful conversations, yet there are certain areas that are too close to my heart, that he sees so opposite, and it is around a certain issue we both deeply love (people we both love and have asked for our help), how he sees things and speaks angers me so I get so mad that I feel like flinging something at him.
So, until I've grown (and feel he could use that too, yet I am accountable for how I respond), I feel the need to avoid speaking beyond basic conversations.