Beware of the Company You Keep

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I Corinthians 15: 33 says that Bad Company Corrupts Good Morals.  It is the Bible’s way of giving us a stern warning about the people who we allow to be in our lives.  If you keep bad company, the Bible says that your good morals will be corrupted.  In other words, you will then become like the company you keep.  Throughout the Book of Proverbs, we are given wisdom about what happens when we keep company with ungodly people.  The result is always unfortunate.  Recently, there have been a number of high profile incidents that demonstrate the importance of keeping people who are bad company at a distance in our lives.  The more they are in our lives, the more of an opportunity they have to know us, to know our weaknesses, to know where we are vulnerable—the closer they get to us, the more damage they are able to do.  Evaluate the people in your life.  Are they good company or are they bad company?  If they are not of benefit to you and your walk with the Lord, you probably need to take a serious look at whether or not to allow them to continue to keep the close proximity they have to you and your life.

Carl

3 Responses

  1. Lahairoi Says:

    Thank You for this. Lately I have been feeling separated from the power of God. It could be that I need to surround myself with more individuals that love an appreciate who Jesus is!

  2. Lori Says:

    I agree that we need to protect our selves from ungodliness but not from the ungodly. For example, when someone comes to us with a horrible gossip or speaking lust or prejudice, we are legitamately afraid or I should say I am afraid that I may join them. Gal. 6:1. We want to scrape off what we encountered to stay holy. We want to protect ourselves so we withdraw from them. But from the person to the extent that we become like the Pharisee who congratulates himself that he is “not as other men are” But if we are walking in the Spirit, Christ will hold our heart open to our brother. We will identify with him by recognizing that we and he are in the same rottenness. We do not protect our righteousness. If we hug it to ourselves and are afraid to risk the purity of our inner being we will die (lk 17:33). If, we continually see that we and they are the same with the exception of grace and come to them in Christs life and pray for them, take their issues to God on their behalf then the death of the cross will be at work in us for others so that his Life may be at work in others. If we fear pollution and hug purity, we wind up with an empty bag and we then have not seen ourselves truthfully and lost the opportunity for both us and the other person to be cleansed.

  3. Juel Says:

    Karl,
    Thank you so much for posting. I was soooooo encouraged. For years, I have been struggling with this. When, I surrender my life over to Jesus, I sooooo badly wanted His will for my life. There are too many religious people that say, we are too change others. I read today in John 2:24-25 But Jesus did not commit Himself unto them, because He knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for He knew what was in man. This confirmed what you said today, we need to be careful who we hang around with. Even Christians can be poisons if they have not surrender to the Lord too. I had a friend who is a christian, but she had a anger problem. I soon developed one too. It is amazing how others can influence our lives if we are not careful. I am soooooo thankful, Jesus hasn’t given up on me.
    I Praise Him.

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