Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful (Ps 1:1); For they do not sleep unless they have done evil; And their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall (Prov 4:16)~~ We are warned about the people we call ‘friends’ in our lives. While we all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory (nobody’s perfect), there are those that are truly righteous in God’s sight – they choose to live successful lives and God blesses them with light, but sometimes, they may make a foolish decision; and there are those that are truly evil, living in darkness, stumbling through a dysfunctional life by the blindness of arrogant and ignorant hearts (Prov 4:19) and absolutely seeking to bring hurt, harm or loss to others.
If you want to grow in wisdom and Godliness, you must avoid foolish ‘friendships’; stay away from those that ignore God’s standards, choosing the “system of the world”, which is dedicated to the overthrow of Christian values! It’s objective is to get rid of Jesus, His followers and His doctrine from the earth! If you don’t believe me, take a strong stand on any Biblical subject and you’ll find out.
Wicked friends will destroy you. Their ways corrupt good habits (1 Cor 15:33). Evil, violence and mischief are their substance; they must partake in them daily to satisfy their hunger! They are captive slaves of the devil and sin and their task is to cause man to fall from righteousness and truth. We must choose VERY carefully in all of our relationships and friendships. Not everyone who is nice to you or smiles at you or ‘befriends’ you – is out for your best! For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self- control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away (2 Tim 3:2-5) – reject their opinions, despise their lifestyle and refuse their offers, no matter how subtle the insinuation or seductive the temptation against the absolute (unwavering) authority of the Bible.God makes it clear that He has nothing to do with those that choose in their own heart to oppose Him (Ps 101:3-8). You must govern yourself accordingly as it pertains to your ‘friends’ and pursue God for the strength to turn away from corruption with all of your ability and look to Him to show you the ‘out’ when temptation exceeds you! No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it (1 Cor 10:13).