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“Beware of your friends;
    do not trust anyone in your clan.
For every one of them is a deceiver,
    and every friend a slanderer” – Jeremiah 9:4

Do you have a hard time trusting people?  I do and often.

Now that I’m older, the circle I keep is smaller. I’ve learned through a lot of hurtful experiences, not everyone can be trusted.  I only have 2-3 people I can pretty much tell anything to and know they’ll be there for me.

Strength and help come from real friendships. Friends who are in our lives because they genuinely want to be and unconditionally love us as we are. This kind of friendship is rare. Not everyone in our life is there for the right reasons and it’s up to us to discern who gets to stay and who needs to go.

This morning’s verse is a warning. There are a few areas I need to make adjustments. I think I’m more careful of who I try and bond with on a deeper level and those I choose to keep at surface level. I don’t enjoy or want shallow friendships in my life, but not everyone in our life needs full access to our vulnerabilities.

We should trust people who prove to be trustworthy. 

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