Do you realize your friends will help determine where you spend eternity? It’s true! Your friends can help strengthen your faith! But they can also help weaken your faith! Consider these words from Proverbs 13:20 – “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm” (ESV). Your friends have a definite influence on your character. If you want to be wise, establish friendships with wise people. If you want to be a fool, establish friendships with foolish people.
This thought is repeated in the New Testament: I Corinthians 15:33 – “Do not be deceived: Bad company ruins good morals” (ESV). Some may deny this, saying, “Oh no, my friends will never have so strong an influence on me! Never!” But Paul says the person who denies the influence of bad company is deceived.
What lesson can Christians learn from this? If you want to strengthen your faith and stay loyal to Christ, surround yourself with friends who want to do the same – strengthen their faith and stay loyal to Christ.