Yes, friends are a great influence on us.
Who is the influence in your group?
Is the spiritual leading the group?
Or does the non-spiritual win out?
Is there a trend towards God?
Or away from God?
Back in the day, so many people say, well, Jesus hung out with sinners and publicans.
Yes, He did. And guess what - Jesus made friends with them.
Jesus was the greatest influence within His group of friends. He didn't let them lead Him...He was the leader. And I think that's the biggest indicator of whether or not your friendships are honoring God.
Is Christ the leader of your group?