1 Corinthians 15:33-34
Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
-Apostle Paul reminds us that some friends assassinate our character influencing us into peer pressure, which affects our relationship with our families, friends, neighbours, society & God. The Holy Spirit through His fruit protects us from works of the flesh. These are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness & revelries (Gal 5:22-23), which give the offender a new brand name & change of identity. The quest to please people allows our hearts to be swayed into bad habits & lack of focus. Therefore, one has to make a firm personal decision to sacrifice some friends so as to protect the wise principles of God in our lives. Further, good character opens us up to integrity which is founded on the holiness of God & protects us from shame.
Holy Spirit our Helper, guide us in Your grace through the impartation of Your fruit to choose our friends wisely. May the same fruit mould our character so that we may heed to good morals. We know we have all sinned & fallen short of Your glory, have mercy on us & cleanse us from all iniquity. May our lives be focused on You instead of pleasing others. We praise You & glorify Your name now & forever. Amen
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