Theme: COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM AND BE YE SEPARATE
Text: “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33.
Comment: Good Christian character could be corrupted through keeping company with ungodly people or men of loose lives and lax principles. There is a well-known adage which says: “Show me your friend and I will tell you the kind of person you are”. This is usually prevalent with young or untrained minds – the youths. Through bad companies, some youths have entangled themselves in associations from which they are unable to free themselves till date. Some have even had to cut short their educational pursuits. Vices or sins to which people who keep bad company are commonly lured includes sexual immorality, armed robbery, drunkenness, lotteries or games aimed at getting quick riches, anger, diabolical practices, religious infidelity (or interfaith practices), tobacco or cigarette smoking, cultism and so on. To avoid being lured into these vices and escape their serious spiritual consequences, a true Christian should choose his or her friends carefully; he should keep company with those who are God-fearing, and who heed godly counsel.
A person who is knowledgeable in the way of God and has strong faith in Him cannot, by His grace, easily fall prey to bad company (Psalm 19:7-11). The Psalmist further stated: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” – Psalm 119:105. See also Proverbs 6:23.