1 Corinthians 15:33, KJV: “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” 1 Corinthians 15:33, NASB: “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company corrupts good morals. ‘” 1 Corinthians 15:33, NLT: “Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for ‘bad company corrupts good character.
God is so much interested on who you call your friend, when making choice of friend you must counsel yourself, even in the church. Most of us foolishly make friend with the wrong set of brethren in the church, the is need for us to define who is our friends even in the church.
Now, this does not connote that we cannot have good, godly friends in church. There are many of such friends, and it is easy to know them. A good friend is anyone whose friendship inspires the positive side of you and brings you closer to God, inspires you to pray more, learn God’s Word more, and do the things of God more. Our friends should encourage and increase our abilities to do more for God. That is the kind of relationship you should have with others.
If we keep the wrong friends, we would not have much spiritual growth. You will discover that you are not as excited about going to church, studying your Bible, or sharing the gospel with others.
We must be wise in determining the friends you keep and the relationships we maintain. This is because they can either take you up or pull you down. Be sure your close associations are with Spirit-filled Christians with whom you can share God’s Word and inspire one another.
DEFINE YOUR FRIENDS