Friendship - Building Proper Relationships
James 4:4 says, "... Whoever chooses to be a friend with the world takes his stand as an enemy of God." God didn't say for believers to hermit themselves away from the world, but He did say that we are not to associate with them. There is a difference, He said we should not make them our friends or our companions. 1 Corinthians 15:33 says, "Evil communications corrupt good manners." God is very interested in who we commune with, and who we give our hearts to. We are even told not to associate with believers who have chosen to follow ungodliness- 1 Corinthians 5:9. In this series Pastor Larry looks into some of the practical aspects of building proper relationships with peers, and some of the pitfalls that we should steer around. These messages were preached to youth and are sure to be a blessing to you as you look at this important issue of FRIENDSHIP.
... Do you not know that being the world's friend [that is, loving the things of the world] is being God's enemy? So whoever chooses to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
- James 4:4 (AMP)