The story is told of two parrots who lived near each other. The one was accustomed to singing hymns while the other was addicted to swearing. The owner of the latter obtained permission for it to associate with the former in the hope that its bad habit would be corrected. Instead, the opposite happened as both learned to swear!
The little story reminds us of a passage in 1 Corinthians 15:33 which says, “Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits.'” (NKJV). A person may feel like he can associate with wicked people and not be hurt. He may think that he can be a good influence on the godless person. Perhaps he can, but influence can go in two directions, and there is a great danger of the wicked person influencing the good person. If a person thinks otherwise, he may be “deceived.” Young people, as well as older people, need to choose their friends carefully. Remember, “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
– by J. Mike Johnson