1 Corinthians 15:25 (NET) Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”
After Gerald accepted the Lord Jesus, he was baptized and introduced to an entirely different way of life. His evil and sinful desires were no longer the controlling force of his life, and he discovered he was now free from within and had an inner joy and peace that words could not explain.
Even though his discipler had warned him to cut his ties with his former friends with whom he used to commit sins, he started hanging out with them again because he told himself that they did not have the power to influence him but he would rather influence them. He used to be their leader. He was deceiving himself by thinking he could continue his friendship with them and not be corrupted.
After several weeks of continuing his friendship with them, he came back to his senses one night while he was in a nightclub with them doing all the sinful things they used to do before. At that point, he realized he had gone back to how he used to be. He was sad because he really wanted to stay free. He went back to his discipler, repented, and was restored. He had now learned experientially that bad company truly corrupts good morals, that’s not something the strongest-willed person can control.
One of the very potent deceptions of the devil today is that company and communication (and the content of what entertains you) do not really matter.
Today’s Bible verse was taken from a section of the letter apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian Christians. In that section, Apostle Paul was addressing a strange doctrinal belief that was becoming prevalent among the brethren in that city (read 1 Corinthians 15). One thing was clear, the brethren were being influenced by other sources of information that are contrary to the scriptures. They were communicating with sources of information that apostle Paul is now referring to as evil.
When a believer spends time regularly watching unwholesome programs on TV and thinks it doesn’t matter, he is deceiving himself by not realizing that evil communication will corrupt his good morals. Remember, whatever entertains you enters you.
Go into today remembering to guard your heart with all diligence because out of it are the issues of life (see Proverbs 4:23).
Prayer: Ask the Lord to give you strength and wisdom to cut off from every source of evil communication and keep your mind stayed on Him.
Pray with Isaiah 26:3 (KJV): Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
— Abraham Damilola Arigi
Credits: Audio Bible(Bible Experience, Zondervan)
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