“Bad friends are easy to find”

We need people and people need us.

What happens though when the people in our life bring us down or worse, their behavior rubs off on us and influences our relationship with God? We are called to show grace and love others. There comes a point though when we have to do those things from a distance.

If the people we choose to have in our life are constantly bringing us down, are the reason we are disappointed or depressed, then it’s time to let them go.  If our relationship with God is threatened or hindered in any way by our friends, then we need to ask ourselves if the friendship is worth keeping.

We are influenced by others whether we want to admit it or not. What they do, what they say, and sometimes by what isn’t said, but  what is done. We need friends and people in our life who are going to build us up not tear us down.  People who influence our life in a positive way and treat us with the respect and love we deserve.

We don’t like being alone and having friends make us feel like our life is complete. People can’t complete us.  If we are keeping people in our life who influence it in a negative way because we don’t want to be alone, then we are keeping them there for the wrong reason.

If it’s self-centered not Christ-centered, then it’s wrong.

We need to be mindful of who is in our inner circles. Yes, we should accept and love others, but if our friends’ behavior causes us to draw away from God and neglect our relationship with Him, then it’s not the right friendship. People tend to become like the people they spend a lot of their time with. Even their negative characteristics can sometimes rub off.  The Bible urges us to be cautious in our choice of companions.

Choose friends with characteristics you would like to develop in your own life.

 1 Corinthians 15:33

 33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.

What company are you keeping?