Friends are important. Sometimes it brings joys and other times friendships bring difficult decisions. One of my friends, who was not a Christian, sent me through a hard time. At the beginning of the friendship, everything was fine. She and her grandma understood where I stood in my beliefs. Later on in our friendship things started getting worse. In a matter of speaking, the truth about her was coming out from behind the disguise. One night we had a sleepover at her house and we stayed up very late. That night I would have to say something I wish I did not have to make. Being downstairs, we were trying to discuss what we should do. "I know! Let's do witchcraft." Words I did not want to hear. "This was discused at the beginning of our friendship. I said it was wrong, I didn't believe in it, I wasn't going to do it and I won't start now." I reminded her. She told me it would not hurt this one time I told her that I could not, that I believe it is wrong, God does not like it and because of that, I will not do it. She was very persistent in her temptation. Finally, I had to voice, "I have told you my stands on it and I am not going to sin when I know I am not supposed to. If you keep doing this I will have to stop coming over her. I think it best if I don't stay the rest of the night." I called my mom and she came and picked me up. I prayed about what had just taken place.
The next day I went back to her house to give it another chance and things seemed fine until the afternoon came. We got into a fight because i was holding her hamster, who she said does not bite, when he bit me and I tossed him back into his cage gently and she said I threw him. I defended myself and then things were fine again until later. Witchcraft was the subject again. Sadly, i had to tell her, "I am sorry but because of you trying to get me to do something I have told you countless times that I WILL NOT do it; I have to break our friendship. God has told me in the Bible that sinning is wrong and 'the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.' I do not want to spend eternity in a place that is dark and that burns eternally. I want to be in a place where I can always be with God, and not in a place I will burn. I don't want to see you there either," (I had tried to witness to her many times) "but you won't give your life to Christ and I have. I don't want to do this, but, I can't be your friend anymore." Then I left her house. I sadly only saw and talked to her one more time and tried to witness to her again but she would not listen. Sadly, I never saw her again.
Friends can be inspiring but the can also have bad influences on you to where you have to stop it before it gets too far. Sometimes when you witness to them, they will give their life to Christ and other times they will not listen but just because they do not listen, does not mean you give up or are still not kind to them. Be kind and keep praying for them and who knows, maybe God will do great things. Stand for what you believe in even when a different and broader path seems easier. The difference is the straight and narrow path will have a better ending result than the broad path heading for a place that burns with fire. Trust in God and He will take care of you in trying situations.