Who You Hang Out With Does Matter
Proverbs 13:20 (NKJV) He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.
People who achieve any degree of success in life learn early to hang around people who are achievers. People who are Christians become filled with righteousness, peace and joy as they read the Word of God, pray, and hang out with people who do. People who want to be wise hang out with wise people.
Unfortunately, many Christians of the day think that they can hang out with unsaved people, follow their manner of life, and draw their life skills from them, more than they do people of faith. This seems to be a natural human tendency that was addressed several times in scripture. This tendency is called a deception. One, I pray, that you have not fallen prey to.
The New King James version of the Bible says, “Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habits.” The Amplified Bible puts it this way:
1 Corinthians 15:33 (AMP) Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character.
Many people I know, when discussing this topic, say, “I know, but I can handle it. Hanging out with them doesn’t change who I am.” I can only draw from the Word of God and agree with what it says:
1 Corinthians 5:6 (KJV) Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
I like the way the Message Bible puts this:
Your flip and callous arrogance in these things bothers me. You pass it off as a small thing, but it’s anything but that. Yeast, too, is a “small thing,” but it works its way through a whole batch of bread dough pretty fast.
I trust that you are a seeker of wisdom and that you surround yourself with the wise who seek the wisdom that only comes from God.
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