Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (1 Corinthians 15:33)
The greatness of a friendship is not in it’s number of years but on the impact it has on the parties involved, many people keep people who are a bad influence just because they have been friends since childhood but the truth is that if you have been friends with the devil for many years he Will suddenly change into a Angel. someone might be wondering that if we can’t be friends with bad people who Will bring them to light? if there is someone you want to win to Christ you must make sure you have the upper hand or control in the friendship meaning that you must drag the person to your own company of friends instead of theirs. The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.( Proverbs 15:31)
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)
Every person has two main sets of family.There is your God given family, which is the family that you are born into and you have no control on which family you are born into or who they are. The other family you have is your friends and this one you have control on who is apart of it. your family of friends are the biggest influencers to your character. Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (1 Corinthians 15:33)
bad friends and association can even cost you your life, hence it’s very imported to choose your associates because the determine your future, wife men say that you “show me your friends I’ll show you your future”. Daniel knew this principle and That’s why he chose his friends well form the get go. Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:, But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.( Daniel 1:6&8)
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?( 2 Corinthians 6:14)
I wrote a series on friends last year and I recommend that you take time and read it.