The company you keep has such an influence on your spiritual life.
Fellowshipping with godly people will help speed you on to victory in Christian living, while fellowshipping with those who are ungodly will drag you down to defeat.
That’s why the Bible has some things to say about your friends. “It tells you to separate yourself from the world. Do not be deceived, because “Bad company corrupts good morals.”[1 Corinthians 15:33]
Now, I’m not talking about ministry. Jesus Himself ministered to sinners. You have to mix with them to preach to them and pray for them. What I’m talking about here are the people you choose for friends.
If you want to walk in the things of the Lord, don’t choose friends who walk in the things of the devil, people who talk and act ungodly, who don’t give God any place in their lives. They’ll pull you down. As you rub shoulders with them, you’ll expose yourself to temptation. You’ll get so familiar with sin it will start to appear less repulsive to you. Sooner or later, you’ll fall into it.
Always remember this, life is so short to live it through experiences. Some things can be avoided for your good. Many believers have fallen because they thought their close association with un-believers will influence them to change. They’re the ones who changed to the worst. 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 teaches us “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters.
In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people (in simple terms don’t go out for coffee with such).
Saint of God, guard your testimony in Christ jealously and choose your friends wisely. Iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. [Proverbs 27:17 ]
Choose friends who will sharpen you in Christ and fellowship with those who call on the Name of the Lord out of a pure heart (2 Tim. 2:22). Expose yourself to their love and peace. Let their faith rub off on you! May God help you and keep you and me from the lies of this world, through wrong association. God bless you
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