The Wrong Friend

James 4:4
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

We live in a social-media generation. We can be “friends” with just about anybody. We interact with people online that we don’t even know or that we’ve never actually met. And while genuine relationships can develop, usually our closest friends are those we interact with on a more personal level. But we have to be careful about who we become friends with online because not everyone is looking to be a real friend. Some people have harmful intentions in striking up a relationship, and it is easy to be deceived and hard to know who we’re actually talking to.

We must be careful of our friends on a spiritual level, as well. If we want to be friends with God, we can’t also be friends with Satan. We can’t be friendly with sin and evil and the fleshly world. They are God’s enemies and must be our enemies, too. The problem is that Satan is sneaky. He’s tricky. He’ll present a picture of sin that makes it look nice, but behind it, there are dark and sinister intentions. Sometimes we are deceived and become too friendly with something sinful. Sometimes a person we come across is not who they seem and they can lead us astray in our walk with God.

On the other hand, we need to pursue our friendship with God. It’s a friendship that must grow and deepen and develop just like any other. We can talk to Him about anything. Sometimes it’s hard to find friends with whom we can share personal things, but God wants to hear all about everything on our hearts. He wants us to share our burdens and struggles. He wants to rejoice in our blessings and victories with us. He wants us to communicate with Him. We can read His Word, and He will speak to us through it. He wants to teach us and instruct us and prepare us for His service, just like Jesus did with the disciples. And we have the privilege to go to His house. It’s nice to have our friends over for visits in our homes, and God wants us to come spend some time at His place. Hopefully our desire is to go to His house anytime we can.

Truthfully, there are many people and things vying for our hearts. Many foes seek to slip into our lives, disguised as friends. But when we are on guard against Satan, trusting God for protection and wisdom, we won’t as easily be led astray. Let’s purposefully decide to cast off any friendships that are drawing us closer to the evil one than to God and add things that will foster a closer walk with the Lord.