Have you ever heard the famous saying, “Show me your friends, and I will show you your future?” Did you know that it came from the Bible? Yes! The book of Proverbs is the book in the Bible that teaches wisdom on how to live godly lives daily. This book is full of must-have advice about relationships. It also teaches us about friendships.
The book of Proverbs starts by telling young people not to listen to sinful friends. It says that they will entice youth into evil behavior and get them into trouble. That’s right! Friends can be dangerous. Young people who listen to advice from people who are evil fall under peer pressure and do evil things. Then, they suffer the consequences of such actions. In other words, the Bible tells us to be careful who we listen to. We listen to the people we spend time with and respect; we listen to our friends. That is why evil friends can be very dangerous in our lives.
Another passage in the book of Proverbs tells us that one should not be friends with an angry person. We should not associate with people who have a hot temper. Why? The Bible says that as we observe such people, we learn from them. Very soon, we start behaving in a similar manner. We become like the people we spend time with.
The Old Testament is not the only place that warns us about the danger of ungodly friendships There are several Scriptures in the New Testament that teach a similar principle. In fact, these passages are very serious warnings about the quality of our friendships. For example, one Scripture tells us not to deceive ourselves, but to be aware that “bad company corrupts good character.” In another passage, the apostle Paul says that close relationships between unbelievers and believers are nearly impossible because we do not have anything in common. It is like a fellowship between light and darkness.
Believers and unbelievers think differently. As Christians, we live our lives for a purpose different from the purposes of our non-Christian acquaintances. We want to live righteously for God; many unbelievers want to do wicked things. We do not agree about our life’s goals. As believers, we must remember that our lives belong to God. That is why friends who pull us in a direction that is different from the way the Lord wants us to go are dangerous for us.