The Importance of Good Friendship
1 Corinthians 15:33 – Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
There is a saying “show me your friend and I’ll tell you who you are”. This means that we’re similar to the kind of companion we keep, so if you’re seen among dirty people, you may be a dirty person yourself. When God saved us upon repentance, He didn’t tell us to stop talking to people we considered friends before repentance, He expected us to deliberately know those whose influence will either aid us in our walk with Him or hinder us in our walk with Him.
Our key verse expressly tells us not to be deceived, this is because at times, we want to keep some bad eggs in our lives for the fun. We pretend to have control of their influence in our lives, so Paul tells us that no matter how we try to play smart, their bad influence will overshadow the good in us. I’m not saying we should neglect them, Jesus was nice to everyone especially sinners, if we neglect them, how will they receive the word of salvation. We need to be careful that we don’t drop our standards just to please them.
Going through the bible, you’ll discover the importance of good friendship. David and Jonathan were good friends, they had each other’s back. When David fled from King Saul, Jonathan came to meet him. After Jonathan died, David took care of Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth. After Paul repented, God sent Ananias to Him to anoint him so he could regain his eyesight and also be filled with the Holy Spirit. Also, Paul bonded with the Christians he was formerly
persecuting and fellowshipped with them. When he was being persecuted himself, the Christians helped him escape.
God doesn’t expect any man to be an island. Ecclesiastes 4:9-11 better explains the value of a good friend
(9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up….)
Even regarding prayers, praying in agreement is so powerful as illustrated in Matthew 18:19
(Again I say to you that if two of you
agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.)
We need friends, not just any kind of
friends, we need godly friends because they will surely spur us to do good works.
Dear Lord, please help me connect with good friends that will aid me in my walk with you and in fulfilling purpose, Amen.
Author – Andy