1 Corinthians 15:33-34 Do not let anyone fool you. Bad people can make those who want to live good become bad. 34 Keep your minds awake! Stop sinning. Some do not know God at all. I say this to your shame.
1 Corinthians 15:33-34 KJV-be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.
Who is in your inner circle? Who do you call bestie? Who do you call good friend? Who are you partnering up with? Do they believe what you claim to believe? Do they believe in the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Do they know Jesus as their Lord and Savior?
Who is in your inner circle? I advise you to ponder this question today from a biblical view. Why? Too many so called Christians have a twisted view on friendship.
Believe it or not, evil friends will cause you to become evil and corrupt, eventually. Evil communication corrupts good manners.
Do not deceive yourself into believing that you could daily hang in the midst of evil and corruption and it does not affect you. You are only fooling yourself! You WILL become the company you keep!
Galatians 6:7 - Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
We all need friends, but we also need the right kind of friends. As a Christian, not any kind of friend should do for you. The point that is being made in this text is "Bad company corrupts good character." In other words, bad friends lead to bad character. The opposite is also true: Good friends lead to good character. Scripture declares in Proverbs 13:20, "He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm." If you have the right kind of friends, you will become a better person, a person of wisdom. But if you have the wrong kind of friends, it will cause your ruin and eventually your destruction.
Think about this for a moment:the kind of friends you have tells a story about you. Say what you may, but a apple tree would not produce banana's.
Want to be wise, let your inner circle be of those who are wise. Want to be foolish, let your inner circle be of those who are foolish.
2 Corinthians 6:14-15 - What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever?Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? Yes, you should be a witness to unbelievers in the way you live, the choices you make, the words you speak BUT, they should never be a part of your inner circle of friends if they do not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Why? Evil communications corrupt good manners.
Who is in your inner circle? This is a question we all need to ponder on today. A question that needs to move all of us to action if we have yoked ourselves to evil and corrupt people. People we know that means us more harm than good.
Take a good look at your relationships on today. Do not base it on what I say, compare it to what the Word of God says about friendships and relationships. It is Christ who you claim to believe and follow right? Check His Book (Bible) to see what He has to say about people in your inner circle.
Mark 8:36-And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Eat, drink and be merry, then what? What is it worth to have and enjoy all the pleasures of the world and then to die apart from God. What is it worth? What is your soul worthy? What are you willing to pay for your soul? Obedience or disobedience? What price are you willing to pay?
When all is said and done on this side called earth, where will you call home in eternity? With God or apart from God?
Who do you call friend? Who is in your inner circle? Do they love Jesus? Do they know Him? Do they spend time with you praying and studying His Word? Do your conversations include Jesus? Who is in your inner circle? Chew on that today.
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for leading and guiding you into all truth and righteousness in His Word. 2 Peter 3:9 - The Lord isn't really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.
I love you all with the love of Christ.