“Evil communications corrupt good manners” (1 Corinthians 15:33).
Our companions will either be a help and encouragement for our blessing, or a hindrance and discouragement for our detriment, in our Christian life. Let us be very careful as to the company we keep! How sad to see young Christians, who once had a desire to please the Lord, led away into the world and seeking its pleasure, its achievements, etc., because of the company they chose.
Of course we must brush shoulders with the world at school, at work, and so on, and we must be kind and friendly if we are going to be a testimony for the Lord. We are exhorted in the Bible: “Do good unto all men” (Galatians 6:10). But I am speaking of those that we have as our closest companions. They will indeed have an influence on our life, whether for good or bad. Let’s be ever so sure that our most intimate friends have the same desire to please and follow the Lord. Let’s be like those in the early days of Christianity, of whom we read, “And being let go, they went to their own company” (Acts 4:23).
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