“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” – Proverbs 13:20
We’ve all heard it said, “you are who you hang out with“. We may not start out like them but the more time we spend with them the more we become like them. Most times for the Christian we have the best of intentions when it comes to time spent with those who are not showing the good fruits of the faith. We want to help them, we feel bad for them and what they’ve gone through, we want to show them a better way, we want them to become more like us, but always we end up becoming more like them. We never pull them up, they always pull us down. This is why the bible tells us not to be unequally yoked with those who are not serving God.
Now there is a fine line to be walked here, because we must still love, help, and minister to all people, the lost most of all. However, what the scriptures are referring to here are “relationships“, such as the romantic kind and also the friendship kind, those people that you hang out with, speak with, and fellowship with on a regular basis. It’s a dangerous thing for one who is washed clean to continue to play with those who are still spotted with sin (as the scriptures put it), less the filth still on them rub off on you and you become unclean yet again.
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” – Galatians 5:1
“For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.” – 2 Peter 2:20-22
We always tend to give ourselves more credit then we deserve, we think we are stronger then we really are. It’s this kind of thinking that causes us to fall to the tricks of the enemy. We think we have the strength to withstand temptations that God is telling us in His absolute wisdom to avoid. Only when we lay down our pride and humbly begin to realize that we are truly weak and start relying on His wisdom and strength, do we learn to overcome the enemy and stop falling to his temptations. This is why the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, because when we reverence His words over our own understanding, we will do what He says which will cause us to walk in His wisdom instead of our own folly, and God’s wisdom says that bad company corrupts good morals. So seek God for who He wants you to have in your inter circle and trust what He tells you. He never speaks for no reason, He knows the end from the beginning. His sight is clearer then ours, His understanding is deeper then ours, His wisdom is greater then ours, and His reasons are better then ours. He knows what He is doing and has a reason for every Word He speaks, even when we cannot yet see it, we must trust Him and believe it.
“Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33