Bad Friends Equals A Bad You // Sunday, August 24
Posted: Sunday, August 24
1 Corinthians 15:29-58
Verse of the day:
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
(1 Corinthians 15:33 )
“Bad Company corrupts good character.” It’s a verse that if you have grown up in the church world you have heard a lot—primarily as a teenager. Your youth pastor or parents most likely tried to drill into you the importance of the picking “good” friends and the effect that picking the “wrong” friends could have on the direction of your life. Does this still apply to us now that we are grown up and adults? Shouldn’t we be beyond the stage of where we are peer pressured or swayed by the influence of others?
When Paul is sharing this nugget of wisdom he isn’t speaking at a youth conference—He is addressing the entire church of Corinth, young & old. Proverbs 13:20 says, “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” Who we spend our time with and who we allow to be close to us will have a huge impact on the direction of our lives. Depending on the character of those people, like the proverb suggests, that can either be a really good thing or a really bad thing!
We are called to be a light in this dark world and it’s important to have relationships with people who are far from God. However, if they are the ones we are spending the majority of our time with we shouldn’t be surprised if we end up going off track from the plan God has for how we are to live our lives. It’s important to have people in our lives that are in relationship with Christ. We need them to help encourage us and to keep us accountable. Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Who are you allowing to influence you? Do you need to make an effort to have more positive influences around you? Are you allowing others to get you off of the course that God has for you? It’s not only important to have good influences surrounding us but to be a good influence to other believers as well. Ask God to show you how you can best use the influence that He has given you!
Pastor Stephanie Humpa // Care Ministries Pastor