Theme: THE TRIALS OF OUR FAITH
Text: “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33.
Comment: With the advent of the Information Technology (IT) age, lots of negative information and materials are readily available on the Internet and social media. The youths, being most vulnerable, should guard against being lured to indulge in sin and crime. It is common knowledge that vices that were frowned at in time past are now being looked at as fashionable among the youths. Financial fraud and immoral means of pursuing wealth have assumed a frightening dimension. Many of the youths of today erroneously indulge in these practices, all in a bid to join the growing “get rich quick” trend. It is also troubling that some young girls glamourize prostitution in our institutions of higher learning by indulging in it, all in a bid to make money and join the “happening gang”.
That these practices are sinful is clear, and children of God must run away from bad friends who indulge in them in other not to be contaminated as we are warned in the text for today. King Solomon admonishes that; “Wealth from gambling quickly disappears, wealth from hard work grows. Dishonest money brings grief to all the family, but hating bribe brings happiness.” (Proverbs 13:11; 15:27, The Living Bible). Children of God should therefore be contented with what they have. “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” – 1 Timothy 6:6,7.