“do not be mislead; bad company corrups good character” 1 Corinthians 15:33 (New International Version)
“be not deceived, evil communcations corrupt good manners” 1 Corinthians 15:33 (King James Version)
“do not be so decieved and misled! Evil companionships (communion, assosications) corrupt and deprace good manners and morals and character” 1 Corinthians 15:33 (Amplified Bible)
As we’ve heard the sayings “to see how a person is, look at who they are friends with” “you will become like the people you are around”. It is so vitally important to surround yourself with others who will uplift you, support you, encourage you to be the best self you can be, who will love you despite whatever may happen and who will help mould and shape you into a better person.
Our friends, family and husband/boyfriend/wife/girlfriend have such an impact on our lives, on our character, on our decisions and on the values we choose to live by or ignore. We need to continually be choosing those who will help build us into a mature person who lives with integrity. Do your friends build you up? Do you friends live a kind of life that you desire to live? Are those around you truly good for you?
Just as in 2 Corinthians 6:14 it says “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?”
This doesn’t only go for fellowship but also when choosing a partner, we are to surround ourselves with like minded people, don’t get me wrong, we are to still love others, to be around those who aren’t necessairly good for us. But there is a difference between fellowship and reaching out to others. We are to have fellowship with others who will continually nourish us, challenge us, not only love us but like us, and will be people who share the same desires and dreams. Just as Jesus, He surrounded Himself with the twelve disciples, in order to be renewed, to be encouraged and to be loved. But He did go to the poor, the drunks, the prositiutes, the ones who aren’t so easy to be loved. Do you make an attempt to leave your bubble you are in? Do you reach out to those who aren’t so easy to love? Do you have grounded friends?
May you continually read His word, may you allow Him to open the eyes of your heart and pour in wisdom, knowledge and understanding. May you pray He brings godly people into your life, that He will bring people to encourage and support you.
“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.”
When you look at your friends, do you want to be like them? Are they people you aspire to grow with to grow into?