1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV®)
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning.
I have observed that when someone makes a conscious decision to do wrong, they’ll do their best to get others involved with them. The more people they can recruit, the more momentum they will gain. This starts in childhood when we join someone throwing rocks or calling names. The process becomes a little more sophisticated as we grow older. As adults, it’s easy to justify sin if you can find somebody who’s written a book on the particular evil you’re considering, and if they have a blog or podcast that’s even better. There’s a strategy to counter this kind of thinking and behavior, and that’s to recruit friends to hold you accountable. We will never find maturity as Christ-followers if we huddle alone and isolated, with a “my life and my business” attitude. You should have people in your life who will ask you the questions you hope no one ever needs to ask you. We need that. Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future.
Heavenly Father, give me wisdom to follow You and only You. May Your approval be the only thing I desire and strive to achieve. Thank You for the people You have placed in my life who hold me accountable and ask me hard questions. Help me to continually mature in You, Lord, so that my life will bring honor to Your name. In the name of Jesus, amen.
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