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Choose Your Friends Wisely Part II: Are You with the Wrong Crowd?

No matter what age we are, we should choose our closest friends carefully. If our closest friends are ones who are backstabbers, haters of God, rebellious or unrepentant ‘Christians’, insolent, proud, boastful, drunkards, partiers, or gossipers, then we are in danger of allowing our contacts with these individuals to influence and corrupt us.

We must realize that sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough. We may not intend to participate in our friends’ sinful activities, but it is really easy to find ourselves compromising what we stand for, our values, and our morals, when we are spending excessive time bonding with others who refuse to acknowledge God, or have abandoned the Word for their own foolish ideas.

Their sinful influence is like the yeast of compromise that will eventually spread through our minds and hearts, causing us to be torn between our beliefs and our friendship. (Galatians 5:9, 1 Corinthians 5:6-8, Romans 1:28-32)

Sooner or later, they will encourage us to participate in their sin. Maybe it’ll sound like this…

Example 1:

It’s ladies night. We’re going dancing, come with us. There’s nothing wrong with dancing. It’s not a sin. You don’t have to drink if you don’t want to, but even Jesus drank wine.

Example 2:

Did you here that _______ is in trouble? She looks terrible! I ain’t one to gossip, so you didn’t hear this from me. But I heard…

Example 3:

I hooked up with this hot guy. He’s got a lady, but I don’t care. What she doesn’t know won’t hurt her. I’m hooking up with him tonight. He’s got a really hot friend! Come with us.

These types of ‘friends’ are tools in the hands of the enemy, meant to cause us to stumble on our Christian journey. They will try to keep us from following the truth. It certainly isn’t God who put them there to test us. He never tempts us to sin. So let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially these friendships that will trip us up. And let’s find friends that belong to our Good Shepherd’s flock. (Galatians 5:7-8, James 1:13, Hebrews 12:1-2)

“…Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.” (2 Timothy 2:22)

Be sure to read Choose Your Friends Wisely Part I.
Written by Trophy of Grace for weusedtobu.com.

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5 Comments

  1. Paris

    Posted by Paris on December 5, 2012 at 22:07

    People who say they are your “friends” change quickly. Trust me. But a true friend will always stick by you no matter what.

  2. Posted by on June 7, 2011 at 07:31

    I had problem with a ex friend in april she ruin so many things for me my dad and me are not even close anymore because of her but I told her I forgave her and I pray that me and my dad become close once again I wish my dad stop taking out on me it wasn’t my fault.

    • Posted by Nicole on June 7, 2011 at 13:06

      I’m so sorry Monique that she was so terrible and caused you and your dad to fight with each other. She is so far from the Lord! Continue praying for her, and I also pray that you and your dad get close again, because Jesus wants to see you both happy!

  3. Posted by on June 2, 2011 at 17:10

    Good point of view and verses

  4. Posted by on June 2, 2011 at 12:36

    this is a good article i hope i never have friends who might act like this and if i do i hope i will be able to change their life around so they can know God and accept him into their hearts