Re: Bad Company Corrupts
You're going to have to learn to stand up for your convictions.
Meaning that if you choose to not go party with someone, and they take offense to that, then that's on them, not you.
A friendship you have on somebody else's terms, isn't a friendship. At all. It takes two people to be friends. If somebody cannot respect your convictions enough to stop badgering you, then that person isn't your friend but merely an acquaintance and "partying buddy".
Speaking of partying buddy ... if you have more maturity than those partying people, I suggest you leave them behind to grow up another day, and look for friends at your own maturity level who are actually your equals.
Don't be afraid of letting people go, and of letting the past go. People come and go. That's life. It's okay. God will bring new people into your life to walk the road with you that you're actually on, instead of trying to drag you over to where they're at while they're offroading and getting caught in rocks and shrubbery, still trying to figure out where the road actually is.
God isn't going to "keep people away from you". You have to learn to handle your own relationships, draw your own boundaries, and stand up for who you are and what you believe in. Once you do that, God will back you up. Because then you will be acting on faith instead of fear and avoidance.
You can do it. I have faith in you.
Even so, come Lord Jesus!