Do not be fooled. “Bad companions ruin good character.” 1 Cor 15:33 (GNB)
The people, and particularly the friends, we have around us have the potential to affect the way we may think and act. 1 Corinthians 15:33 in NKJV says, “Do not be deceived…” it is very possible for us to mislead ourselves into thinking that there is something wrong with us because of the way we think or the way we act when in fact the big issue could be the friends we hang out with. The more time we spend around friends the more they “rub off” (their characteristics or personality) on us, the more we become like them; so therefore it is very important to choose friends wisely and have the right folks around you.
BEST OF FRIENDS
“Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are”
“The young men who had grown up with him answered, “This is what you should tell them: ‘My little finger is heavier than my father’s whole body”.
1Ki 12:10 (GW)
King Rehoboam’s decision to follow the advice of his “boys” led to the kingdom being divided into two (further reading 1 Kings 12:1-33).
As Christians, the friends that we keep are very important; we should not be unequally yoked with unbelievers the bible says; that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t talk to or associate with unbelieving friends but the friends we keep closest to us should be those of the same faith and like mind who will spiritually benefit us in our growth and knowledge of Christ. As the old saying goes, “birds of a feather flock together” you become more like the people you hang around with and if we’re trying to be more “Christ-like” then, we’re defeating that by hanging out with people who don’t understand and live by the standard we’re trying to achieve.
So to conclude, choose your friends wisely!