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"Do not be misled: 'Bad company corrupts good character.'" 1 Corinthians 15:33

So what's wrong if all the people I hang out with party, drink, curse, and make out all the time? I don't, so it shouldn't matter what my friends do, right?! Not exactly, according to Paul's letter to the Corinthians. Paul reminds us that as Christians, we are to be careful of the company we keep. Our good character can be corrupted. This is especially true of young Christians, with a lot of pressure to "fit in." Come to think of it, that applies throughout life, whether it's high school, college, or the work place, we will always struggle with that. So what are we to do? I believe God calls us to be careful, and to use good judgment about with whom we spend our time. Satan will attack us in any weak spot. If we have one in dealing with peer pressure, don't think for a minute that he won't push that button, over and over again. If your friends drink and party, and talk lustfully about members of the opposite sex, and cheat on school work, then find new friends. I'm not saying totally disassociate yourself from those kinds of people, we are also called to minister to them. Ministering by your actions can be very successful. Find people in your life that will help you get closer to Christ, and build you in your walk. You might be surprised that some of your friends will want to know what the difference is for you. As we all know, that difference is Christ!

"Dear Jesus, I am so thankful for the many blessings in my life, even those things I may not understand as blessings. Help me to be faithful to your will." - Amen

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