John American Standard Bible (NASB) 16 You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. What is in our hearts comes out through our words and actions. We must guard our hearts from evil so that we can abstain from doing evil.
Grip of Reality_"Do not be misled: Bad company CORRUPTS good character. I Corinthians Guard your heart more than anything else; because the source of your life flows from it. Proverbs Socialization--positive and negative / BIBLE IN MY LANGUAGE
Lord, please surround my kids with friends and adults who point them toward You, and in ways that complement my own deficits in parenting. I will remember this one day when I have my own kids, but for now I pray this for my nieces and nephew.