When making friends beware of those who are false friends or give to wickedness. These follow the ways of their true master, the Devil himself. All they bother is how much of benefit they can extract from you. In your good times their will help themselves to your luxuries but in times which are hard, they will keep away from you.
“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” (Thomas Aquinas)
Judas Iscariot the vile little betrayer of Jesus Christ our Lord, too was a false friend. All he loved was himself even though he witnessed the glorious miracles of Jesus firsthand. Due to Judas’ obsession with earthly riches, he betrayed Jesus unto his death. It was better for Judas, that he were never even born than to sin greatly against the Saviour of the world. Fake and false friends are therefore in the same category like Judas Iscariot. Take note of that if you want some logic in any true and lasting friendship with anyone.
“It is only the great hearted who can be true friends. The mean and cowardly, can never know what true friendship means.” (Charles Kingsley)
If any so called friend entices you to sin in anyway, then reject that little minion right away. Do not hesitate at all. You are free to say NO to all such people who knowingly or unknowingly target your holiness in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Don’t try to be a hero if bad friend is giving you bad counsel and follow his or her advice. For instance bad counsel in which you are told to rob a bank, or do drugs, or just flirt with a person who is not your spouse. Why do you want to risk your soul and reputation so see a smile on their faces when they see you crashing down? Will their smile cool down the fires of hell prepared for sinners? So then don’t be a hero but be a wise one and walk away from such corrupted people.
My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. (Proverbs 1:10)
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. (Proverbs 13:20)
Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge. (Proverbs 14:)
Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare. (Proverbs 22:24-25)
Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” (1 Corinthians 15:3)