A friend of mine recorded some songs years ago about several virtues. One of them is picking good friends. What are some good examples in the scriptures that the friends we pick influence us?
- Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego "If it be so [if you cast us into the furnace], our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, … we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” Dan. 3:17-18
I think they strengthened each other in standing up for the principles God inspired them to follow.
- Samson and Delilah - That did not turn out well
- David and Jonathon
One part of the song is, "If you have to choose between your friends and your standards, Choose your standards don't ever bend". We must stand with the principles we know to be true. We cannot risk our own footing for a friend that keeps us from God. We must always choose love in these situation. Be prayerful. The scriptures tell us that pure love will never fail.