“Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character.”
1 Corinthians 15:33 AMPC
I have learned that oftentimes the difficult circumstances we experience in our lives aren’t solely for us. I believe our purpose is to bring God glory, which is often achieved through trials. (See Romans 8:38.) Knowing that will definitely makes you more aware of your daily decisions. God provides us with a stern warning about who we should hang around or be influenced by.
For example, ever noticed that whenever people are married, dating, or even in a platonic friendship they will eventually start to affect one’s behavior and/or mannerisms?
One must be EXTREMELY careful when choosing companions. Remember: that which you continually feed will grow!
King David and Jonathan had a rather unique relationship (I Samuel 18:1-4). Jonathan was King Saul’s son (David was King Saul’s employee prior to his own reign as king), so the two of them had a rather unlikely friendship. I say that to say that it is best to allow God to guide you through this life as He deems necessary.
In the natural, there’s ABSOLUTELY no way David should have killed Goliath or been Jonathan’s BFF and yet he was successful in both instances!
So please be mindful of the company you have. The above verse serves as a wise example of exactly what type of company to seek out.
In some situations, you are to be strengthened and in other situations you provide the strength. Keep in mind, God created us to benefit from relationships, so please choose wisely.