J.C. Ryle was an Anglican bishop who served in Liverpool most of the 19th Century. He was a prolific & passionate writer with a very straight forward no-nonsense approach who once wrote, “Nothing perhaps affects man’s character more than the company he keeps.” And we only need to read in Proverbs 22:24-25 to understand the dangers of unwise friendships. So today we should take stock of the people we run around with. Are we influencing them or being wrongly influenced while in their company? Are we easily being led astray when they’re around us, or are we standing up for what’s good & right? Finally, are we picking up bad habits that we’d normally never do because of their control over us? So ask yourself one question…Do you feel good about yourself & your relationship with God when you leave their company…or do you feel shameful, deceived, compromised, and defeated once again? The answer will tell you much about that relationship and whether you should continue in it or not.