Relationships form the basis by which we live out our God-given purposes. They provide the environment to practice the work of God in our lives; granting us the opportunity to reflect the qualities of Christ. However they also can be a huge stumbling block to our growth as Christians, choking and diverting us away from the path God has called us to travel.
As Christians we are called to spread the good news of Jesus to the ends of the earth (Matt 28:19), so it would make sense that we need to develop friendships with non Christians. However God has also called us to be holy (1Thes 4:7, 1Peter 2:9), being the salt and light of the world (Matt 5:13-14). We must be wise and very careful to stay clear from anything that compromises the work of God in our lives. For various reasons, it’s so easy to allow ourselves to get too close to non Christians under the guise of wanting to lead them to Christ. Although that in itself is a noble motive, we allow ourselves to be blinded to the negative affects those relationships may have on our own walk with God.
22 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?