There are different types of people in our society today. Each one of these groups stand for something whether it be of good or bad intentions, but that is where we as believers in Christ need to watch out. If you are around someone who isn’t good for you, chances are, you will become like them. Their beliefs, will soon become your beliefs. They’re words, will then become your words, and their actions, will soon become your actions.
“Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”” 1 Corinthians 15:33
Like 1 Corinthians 15:33 says, evil company corrupts good habits! When we hang around someone who has bad morals, we will soon follow suit! “But I will never do that!” That is what they all say, but the more you see it happening, the more desensitized you get, which will then lead to you doing that action. When you are exposed to something for so long, it no longer bothers you, and if you no longer feel conviction over their actions, you will soon be doing it yourself.
Our society, however, does not care about morals, virtue, or anything that deals with God. In today’s day, anything is accepted, anything goes, and consequences do not belong. There was a reason for God commanding us not to conform to this world. If we were to continue living life as usual in the world, we would never take Christ seriously and our hearts would never really change.
Each time you allow people to enter your life, you are risking your morals. You should pick your friends and company wisely, because in the end, those “friends,” who were toxic to begin with, will back stab you to save themselves if they needed too. However, if you pick friends who have the same faith, a strong walk with Christ, and who has morals, then you will have a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
“Make no friendship with an angry man,
And with a furious man do not go,
Lest you learn his ways
And set a snare for your soul.” Proverbs 22:24-25
When we make friendship with those who could damage our morals, we will eventually echo them. Our walk with Christ will no longer be at the forefront of our minds, our morals will now be corrupt, our faith will be on the back burner, and this world will soon begin to infiltrate our lives.
Is it really worth it? If you know someone is bad news or is bad for you, do not associate with them, for they will eventually destroy your soul. I’ve seen this happen many times in the past. Someone would get involved with the wrong crowd, and the world would slowly intoxicate their soul.
“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” Mark 8:36
What good does it do you if you have everyone in the world in love with you, but your own soul is dead? What good does it do you when you lose your own soul to the world? Is that friend worth it? Is that group of people worth it? Is it worth them destroying your morals? Is it worth them coming between you and God? Only you can answer these questions.
“As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” Proverbs 27:17
As believers in Christ, we must be around people who will sharpen us! When you have godly friendships, you both sharpen each other, you both grow in Christ together, and you learn more together. The best friend you can ever have is Christ, but the second best, is a person who loves Him completely.
When you are cautious about who you let in your circles, you are protecting your soul from harm. When we surround ourselves with people who love God, our morals and faith will increase, but those with bad morals, will make our morals become nonexistent. Therefore, we must always be aware of who is trying to lurk in our lives.