The other day I was working in my yard, and I can across an old rusted chain with a lock that had been used to keep a fence closed. A key was nowhere to be found, so I began to try to pick the lock. After about 10 minutes of trying to open the lock to no avail, I had an idea!
The chain was very old and brittle, so I got a hammer and began to hit the loops of the chain. After about two blows, the chain fell off the gate and I was able to open it! You see, there was nothing wrong with the lock! It was perfectly fine and was serving its purpose. The problem with the chain was in the deterioration of the chain links.
We, as Christians, are trained to guard our belief systems and to hold fast to God’s Word, but we aren’t always trained to watch who we link up with!
1 Corinthians 15:33 says
“Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”1 Corinthians 15:33
Proverbs 13:20 says
“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”Proverbs 13:20
Oftentimes, the enemy realizes that he might not be able to sway our beliefs or sway our daily devotion with God, but he knows that he can introduce unhealthy friendships and relationships into our lives. This process is a slow fade, but through time the people who you have linked up with can become your determinant.
Be wise with who you surround yourself with.
The old saying is true “birds of a feather flock together.”
You will begin to pick up the traits of those closest to you!
Pray for direction, and ask God to help you in this area!