“Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.'” – 1 Corinthians 15:33
The second lesson I took away from the movie “My Son” is to be careful who your friends are. I’ve had my share of friends who were bad influences. They have led me down dark paths and like a blind sheep, I followed.
When you accept Christ as your savior, you are no longer a blind sheep but a willing participant in sin. Your eyes become open to the sinful areas of your life and guilt and remorse follow any sinful act.
If your friends are not Christians, then they lack this discernment. It is dangerous to follow them where they go.
Even more dangerous is the friend who professes to be saved, but wallows in sin like a pig in mud. The more you follow this friend, the more muddy you get. The longer you stray from God, the harder it is for you to wash away the guilt and shame, like dried mud. You are forgiven, but you will not forget your trespasses.
Be careful who you choose to follow. The best choice is to follow God and find friends who are following God.
“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. Be not one of those who give pledges, who put up security for debts. If you have nothing with which to pay, why should your bed be taken from under you?” – Proverbs 22:24-27