Proverbs 12:26; “The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.”
Jesus spent quite a bit of time with what the Bible describes as publicans and sinners. These are the people who would have been considered the “dregs” of society; the “unlovable.” However, these are not the people that He chose to “pal around” with and with whom He spent most of His time.
We cannot shut ourselves off from the rest of the world. Christians are to be salt and light, but those people whom we call our friends, we must choose with discernment.
Jesus was fully aware that “evil companionships corrupts good morals” as 1 Corinthians 15:33 states.
Jesus, being totally sinless, spent time in prayer before He chose His disciples. He knew that the influence of those He would be spending the majority of His time with could be either beneficial or detrimental to His mission.
God created us as social beings. He said that it was not good that man should be alone. We are supposed to have friends. Unfortunately, not all whom we call friends are true friends.
I have had friends that did not like to see me succeed. I’ve had friends that were negative and critical about almost everything, or so it seemed. I had one friend that was constantly sarcastic about anything and everything.
After being around them, I would find myself picking up the same attitude. The saying about computers has human application: “Garbage in, garbage out!”
Much of what I’m saying applies to what/who we watch on TV, movies, and social media.
Through the revelation of the Holy Spirit, I knew that I needed to make some changes. I began making adjustments to the amount of time that I spent with various people. I started spending less time with the negative people and much more with the positive.
There is a reason that we are not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together (Heb. 10:25). When we, brothers and sisters in the Lord, come together we build each other up. We encourage and uplift one another.
I’m not saying that there are no negative Christians. There are some that we must bear with until they mature (Rom. 15:1).
Spend most of your time with those who encourage and edify.
Proverbs 13:20; “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.”