Who knows how many lives have been ruined because of negative influence of friends? For instance, many people who struggle with some sort of substance abuse, be it alcohol or drugs, often trace their introduction to the substance: not from shadowy figure hiding in the dark alley but from their best friends.
A young man, friends somewhat of an outcast in a school and coming from a cold, uncaring family, found friends who made him part of their close knit circle. He soon knew they would put their lives on line for him and he felt such a sense of belonging that he would he would have risked his life for them.
Sounds like a great thing, right? Sounds like the beauty of friendship, as depicted in proverbs 18:24, right? Well, not quite, because we are discussing about a young man who joined a youth gang heavily involved in violence, theft, and drug abuse. Thus, like anything, friendship, even what we might call a “good friend”, can be a double edged sword.
Have you ever witnessed that bad con ready and intellectually, spiritually upright person to the wrong way? How can you tell if your friendship with anon believer is hurting you spiritually or in any way? And which is the way out?