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Scripture reference: Proverbs 18:24 (ESV)

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Today I am asking you a question: do you have the right inner circle?

In the aftermath of the recent mass shootings, we’ve been doing a lot of reflecting. Sometimes in your soul-searching process, you may need to bend the ear of someone in your inner circle. Most of us are familiar with the term “inner circle” because we have a larger group of acquaintances and associates, and we also have an inner circle of close friends.

Jesus had an inner circle too, even among his disciples. When Jesus ascended to the mountaintop where his appearance changed and his clothes became dazzling white, he was accompanied by his inner circle—Peter, James, and John.

As they descended from the mountaintop, Jesus asked them not to say anything about what they had just seen, and the Scriptures say they kept it to themselves—exactly what a good inner circle would do.

This shows us that Jesus knew how to choose the right inner circle even among his twelve disciples. He knew who he could share the most intimate part of his journey with, and he also knew who he had to shut out—Judas, the disciple who would ultimately betray him.

Personally, I have not always respected this principle. I have allowed some people into my inner circle, even when my gut told me it was a bad idea, just because I didn’t want them to feel excluded.

If you can relate to letting unworthy people into your inner circle, let us both be taught by these words: “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24 (ESV)

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So today, you deserve the right inner circle.