If we look at nature, we will see that birds that are the same stay together. We don’t see a hummingbird soaring high with an eagle or sparrows making their nests in the swamps with wood ducks.
In the same way, Christians who want to stay close to God should find Christian friends who will encourage and support them. In our Bible Reading, Paul was talking to Christians in the city of Corinth. These Christians were experiencing problems in their church. They were allowing non-Christians to influence their thoughts and behavior.
So Paul reminded these people about their friends. “Don’t be fooled: ‘Bad friends will ruin good habits.’ Come back to your right way of thinking and stop sinning” (verses 33-34a). That is good advice for us today, too.
Be careful about the friends you choose. Choose friends who love and honor God!