There are many types of friends that Scripture tells us to avoid. Who should we befriend? And how do we become a friend someone would like to have? With Jesus as your model and principles from God’s Word as your guide, you can develop deep, life-giving friendships. Build your friendships God’s way: with wisdom, sacrificial love, and enduring commitment. Then they will last a lifetime.
When it comes to friendships, more is not necessarily better. Proverbs 18:24 warns, “A man of too many friends comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” In other words, it’s better to have one loyal friend who encourages, helps, and lifts us up in times of trouble than to be popular with many people. When we’re indiscriminate in our choice of friends, we’re headed for ruin because some of them will drag us down. And the more friends we have who impact us negatively, the more violently we’ll be shaken and broken to pieces.