The Danger of Friends Who Influence Us in Negative Ways

Scripture contains an important warning about friendships. Wise Christians heed this warning. This devotion explains.

Natalie was raised in a loving, Bible-believing home. When she grew up, she married a Christian and created a similar Christ-centered atmosphere in her home.

Then, in her late thirties, Natalie met Jane in her "mom's group" at church. At first Natalie was bothered by some of Jane's beliefs about God, but she soon began wondering if her own upbringing had been too narrow-minded. Perhaps Jane was right—perhaps some of Scripture was simply men expressing cultural prejudices. Jane's Christianity was attractive to Natalie because it was more culturally acceptable and she enjoyed Jane's company.

Scripture warns us about people like Jane:

I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.Romans 16:17-18

We all have unsaved friends and family members, but our close companions should be solid believers:

“Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33

We must guard our hearts against the compromised teachings that often come from professing Christians (Proverbs 4:23).

Dear Christians, let's “be alert and of sober mind. [Our] enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.1 Peter 5:8

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See these devotions that refute some of "Jane's" beliefs:

Is Submission Cultural?

Was Submission Paul's Ideas?

Can You Stand Against the Shame Game?

Should Women Wear Head Coverings?

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