Good and Bad Friends


Iron sharpens iron,
and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 ESV

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. John 15:13-16 ESV


When David Copperfield was a young man, he had a friend named Steerforth. He admired Steerforth very much, but Steerforth wasn’t a good friend to him. He influenced David to do bad things. For instance, one evening these two young men and a few others had dinner together, and David drank too much wine. He became drunk, which the other young men found funny, even though he behaved shamefully at a theater. But David had another friend named Agnes, who was a true friend and a good influence on him. She warned him that Steerforth wasn’t a good friend to him, helped him make better choices in life, and in the end she became his wife.

The Bible tells us that iron sharpens iron, and that one person sharpens another. If you have friends who are a good influence on you, they can help you think and behave in a better way. But if you have friends who are a bad influence on you, they can make you behave in ways that might get you into trouble or lead you to behave in foolish or wrong ways. While it’s good to be kind and friendly to everyone as much as you can, it’s important to be careful in choosing which friends you spend time with and do things with. Some friends brings you closer to God and his ways, and some friends try to pull you away from God.

The best friend anyone can ever have is Jesus. Jesus promises to stay with us always, and to help us stay close to God and to obey his commandments. Because of Jesus, all our sins are forgiven, and we can go to our Heavenly Father with all our problems and needs and know that he will hear our prayers and help us in the way that is best for us. If we have Jesus as a friend, we know we will have him with us every day for our whole lives.


Dear Jesus, thank you for being our Savior and our best friend. Amen.


Dickens, Charles David Copperfield London: Bradbury and Evans, 1850.