(PROVERBS 1: 10-19; 2THESSALONIANS 3: 6-13)

The first advice any father gives his son is for him to run away from bad friends. Proverbs 1:10 says, ‘my son (daughter), if sinners entice you, do not consent.’ This means that she should not keep company with bad people. Any child who keeps Company with ruffians cannot be a good person because bird a feather flock together.
There are good and bad friends. Good friends help their friends to be better while bad friends mislead their friends and put them in trouble, causing them much unhappiness. Apostle Paul, in his fatherly exhortation in the church in Thessalonica on the evil of idleness and loafing about, in 2 Thessalonians 3:11 said ‘if anyone do not work, let him not eat.’ For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies not doing any work. What Paul is telling Christians is that it is advisable to keep away from all those who are lazy. Evil friends do not know how to work hard and support themselves by earning wages.

The following are some consequences of keeping bad friends:
1. Cultism: They may force you to join their cult.
2. Stealing: They will encourage you to steal and when you are caught, you can be punished and put in prison.
3. Drug addiction: They will persuade you to take drugs like cocaine, heroine, Indian hemp, etc. once you start you will not be able to stop it.
4. Prostitution: One can contract STDs or HIV/AIDs which can lead to untimely death.
5. Lesbianism: Woman having sex with woman is against the law of God.
6. Homosexuality: Man having sex with man it’s an abomination. God hate it Leviticus 18:22.
7. Smoking: It can cause untimely death as smoking affect important organs of our bodies. E.g. lungs.
8. Drinking: They may lure you to drink alcohol. It is bad.
9. Laziness: 2thessalonians 3:6-13 Paul encouraged Christians to be Hard working and not idle.
10. Truancy: Bad friends will make you stay away from school and can make you drop-out from school.

1. What are the evil of choosing bad friends?
2. In your school, how can you identify bad friends?