“The righteous should choose his friends carefully,
For the way of the wicked leads them astray.” Proverbs 12:26
If you want to serve God, the best thing you can do is make friends of people who want to serve God. A person can learn bad language and behavior from someone who is wicked.
Your choice of friends may determine whether you obey God and go to heaven and follow the devil into hell. Friends can help us do good or persuade us to do wrong. Few decisions are as important as choosing the right friends.
When you choose friends carefully you take time to see if they will make a good friend. Someone may go to church with you or claim to love God yet use bad language and disobey God and their parents. You must see how they act and hear how they talk to make sure you choose friends that will help you grow closer to God.
Some may make friends of people who do bad things thinking that they will change them. Usually the good person learns wicked things instead of the bad person learning good.
I had a good friend who made friends with some boys who did bad things. Soon my friend was in trouble with the police because he and his “friends” broke the law.