Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.”1 Corinthians 15:33
The best kind of friendship is someone who lifts you up and encourages you. God created friendship so that we wouldn’t walk through this life alone. Friends are meant to support us and speak truth over us. Godly friends are some of the best friends we can have because they can encourage us to seek God in all things. Worldly friends, or friends who don’t know the Lord, will not give us the same godly encouragement. It is not necessarily wrong to have friends like that, but they will not offer the same that a Christian friend would.
This verse goes beyond just friendship and says that “bad company corrupts good character.” Friends who are perverse or live sinful lives will be poison to the Christian. Christians must be careful who they surround themselves with so that they are not enticed by the things of this world. Romans 12:2 tells Christians not to conform to the patterns of the world, but instead be renewed by the transformation of your mind. Bad companies will follow the patterns of the world. Transform your mind by surrounding yourself with godly friends!
A Prayer to Remember
Thank you for my godly friends and the people who encourage and support me every single day. May I continue to find those kinds of friends. Amen.