Good vs Bad Friends

if a man is overtaken in any trespass,
you who are spiritual
restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness,
considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

Galatians 6:1

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are the One who created us, brought us forth out of the womb, died for us to save us, and the One in whose Hands our life is. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we are placing more value than we should on the counsel of our family members and friends. Let us, instead, look up to You, the One called: Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Influenced for the Good or for the Bad? — Is going to be our topic for this week. Today’s post will start off by talking about good vs bad friends. Wednesday’s blog will scratch the surface of peer pressure, and Friday’s blog post will end the week with a positive note on the perfect Friend. So, please bear with me. Thank you!

Contrary to a good friend, a bad friend will not want what is best for you but what is to her own advantage. She will not counsel you first and foremost according to what God says in His Word. Instead, she will focus more on what she thinks is right, no matter if this will go along with what the Bible says or not.

During my online research of what a “bad friend” is, many website pages would describe her something similar to that:

A person who always stresses you out
either by saying things that are not nice,
and/or by acting in an unfriendly kind of way.

We need to be aware not to put a friend who means well in the category of the “bad friend”—just because she:
says something we do not like to hear, or
tries to prevent us from doing something.

Never rush into judging your friend, but ask yourself if this could be a wakeup call. Is there something you are struggling or wrestling with at the moment? Perhaps you ignored some warning signs? Is this friend trying to restore you in a more or less gentle way? (Galatians 6:1)

Contrary to this good friend, who says words you might not want to hear, or who acts in a way that you might not like (at the moment), there is the kind of friend who sugarcoats bad behavior. She plays with words and acts a certain way to convince you to “go along” with her plans. Beware of her, precious Sister in Christ!

Remember, a bad friend will intentionally hide from you or prevent you from finding out what God’s Word has to say about this or that issue. She will influence and pressure you, give her best to change your behavior, your belief in God, your treasured values.

Does your friend support your faith
is she able to change the way you act and think today?

(Good or Bad?)

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