1 Do not be envious of evil men, Nor desire to be with them; 2 For their minds devise violence, And their lips talk of trouble.
Bad company corrupts good morals. It only take a little yeast to leaven a loaf. Both of these are some old sayings about being corrupted. When you hang out without somebody with bad people, you will become like them. It hardly ever works out the other way. The bad corrupts the good, the good does not lift up the bad. It only takes a little bit of the bad to wear off on the good (that’s where the yeast saying comes in).
We need to be careful who are friends are. They are big influence on how we act. Sometimes the rebels are the cool people and we are envious to be like them. We lower our standards of what we do, just to hang out with them. We do things we never thought we would do, just to be accepted by them. It is so misguided and we are all guilty of it. No good comes out of it. Our friends need to help us walk with God and not pull us away. We need to choose our friends wisely.
Dear God, help me to choose my friends wisely. Help me to not lower my standards to be accepted by them. Help me to be wise. Help me to find friends who help and encourage my walk with You. Help me to be that friend for others. Amen.