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"Do not be deceived: 'Evil company corrupts good habits.'"

  I Corinthians 15:33

 

 

   
There are two related concerns every person should have: not to contaminate others, and not to be contaminated by others. The word "habits" in our text is literally "ethics", and it is ethical contamination which is in view. Because our fallen human nature is alienated from God, we are all characterized by a host of vices such as irreverence, pride, greed, lust, anger, impatience, deceitfulness, sloth, and rebelliousness. We are all in danger of encouraging others by our own evil speech, attitudes, and conduct to think as we think, work as we work, deceive as we deceive, etc. Whether we are aware of it or not, how we live is a recommendation to others to follow suit. Parents are role models to children, neighbors to neighbors, and supervisors to employees. Rejecting belief in God, in moral absolutes, in the Bible, in everlasting life or everlasting punishment, in the deity of Christ encourages unbelief in others. Wearing provocative clothing, avoiding marriage vows, being an unprofitable employee, speaking evil of other people, spending irresponsibly to enjoy oneself or to save face are just a few ways our company can further corrupt people around us. We, on the other hand, need to be aware of the company we choose to keep. We should endeavor to do good to all around us, but if that is not our intention, we can be greatly affected for evil by the attitudes, speech, or actions of others - in person, from television, from the books we read, or the music we prefer. The Bible says, "A little leaven leavens the whole lump." We are all sinners who live in an atmosphere of ethical perversity. If we are careless of the company we keep, we can become more sinful than we already are, and we, in turn, can have harmful effects upon others. Sin snowballs. On the other hand, Solomon wrote, "He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed." Christ is described in the Scriptures as the One "in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." Our safety is to trust in Him for our salvation, to read of Him in the Scriptures, and make Him and those who are His disciples our foremost company. "Do not be deceived: 'Evil company corrupts good habits.'"
   

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