Bad Company Corrupts Good Character
Daily Bible Reading – Psalm 149; 1 Corinthians 15, 16
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Corinthians 15:1-34
We are all surrounded by unbelief. We all have people in our lives that are unbelievers. We might also have people in our lives who claim to be followers of Christ but then unapologetically act contrary to the Gospel. Television shows and movies are abound with non-Christian values and morals. Books, newspapers, magazines, and blog posts attack Christianity and teach false Gospels. For followers of Christ, there is no getting around it – we are all going to be faced with “bad company” from time to time.
Jesus and the disciples were also faced with bad company. They spent much of their time surrounded by unbelievers, because Jesus knew that the sinners were the ones who needed to be saved. We too must be in contact with unbelievers if we plan to fulfill the Great Commission and preach the Gospel to those who do not know it. None of us can live in a protective bubble of only coming in contact with other believers if we intend to reach people for Christ. This is why Paul’s words in today’s key passage are so important to us.
Even though we are surrounded by unbelief, we must not be misled. We all have to guard our hearts from allowing bad company to corrupt good character. When someone we know attacks our beliefs, we must stand firm. We cannot waiver in our faith even for a second if we want to be effective witnesses for Christ. We must let the Holy Spirit overflow from us, as He gives us the power to be surrounded by bad company without being corrupted. In 1 Corinthians 16:13-14, Paul gives the church in Corinth instructions while they wait for him to return to them. He says, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.” These were good instructions to the Corinthians waiting for Paul’s return and they are good instructions for all of us today as we await the return of Jesus Christ.
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Posted on November 14, 2013, in 07 - 1 Corinthians and tagged Backsliding, Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Evangelism, False Teachers, God, Jesus, Religion, Service, Sin, Temptation. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.