The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.
People who accept God’s standards of right and wrong are in the minority in today’s world. Satan and the prevailing trends of his society try to pull Christians away from God’s standards. And one of the strongest influences in our lives is our close friends.
Good friends who support God’s way of life can be a tremendous positive influence in our lives. But friends whose actions and attitudes openly or subtly oppose God’s truth can tear us down and lead us astray.
The apostle Paul also wrote about our choice of friends in 1 Corinthians 15:33: “Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits.’”
See more about friendship in our section “Friendship: Keys for Finding and Keeping Good Friend.” See more on communication and dealing with peer pressure in our article “Saying No.”