Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 NKJV
As a young boy growing up, I remember there were certain kids in the neighborhood that my parents did not want me associating myself with. Mostly due to the reputation that preceded those kids, either as bullies or just not having proper home training. For the most part, I listened and obeyed my parents until one day, I was caught talking to one of the kids. I remember being punished for disobedience but now as an adult I realize that my parents were just trying to keep from being in the company of that kid and picking up his bad habits.
Sometimes the people we surround ourselves with say a lot about who we are. Some of us have friends that might as well be our enemies because they never seem to want the things that are in our best interest. Still yet, some of us have friends that secretly envy us but smile in our faces when they see us. While other have friends, who encourage us in their bad habits under the pretense of trying new things and being spontaneous. As believers in Jesus Christ you must be very careful who you associate yourself with. In II Corinthians 6:14 NKJV Apostle Paul tells us that light and darkness have no communion together. When you come to Jesus and accept him as your Lord and Savior you may lose some of your friends who don’t share the same belief. Hopefully, you can convince them to accept Jesus as well because it’s not God’s wish that any should perish II Peter 3:9 NKJV but this is not always the case. When we continue to keep the company of friends or people who have no regard for your way of life in Christ, you may soon find yourself doing the things that they do, therefore it is said that evil company corrupts good habits.
We often underestimate the influence that the people we hang out with, have on our lives and this is something we must constantly examine. If your friends have more influence in your life than God as a believer in Jesus Christ, this ought not to be so. For some of us this may not be friends but family and same goes as well for family. Nothing or no one should come before God because truth be told they cannot give you even a quarter of what God has promised to those who diligently seek him. Take the time today to reevaluate the company you keep and take a stand to cut off any unprofitable relationships but keep them in your prayers that they may see the light and you may one day encourage each other in the word of God. These are Julien’s thoughts and what’s on his mind.