|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Christian community”
Our Bible verse for today: “Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good character”
1 Corinthians 15:33 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Who are your mighty men and mighty women?”
In 1 Corinthians 15:33 the Apostle Paul gave us one of the most important rules of thumb there is regarding Christian community – choose your friends carefully because over time you become like those you associate with. That is a Biblical truth, but it’s also a basic fact of human nature. If you hang around with bank robbers, soon you will probably be robbing banks too. If your group of friends are all using drugs, you will be using them soon too. If the people in your circle all use profanity, you probably will too.
Conversely, if you surround yourself with good, strong Christians who love the Lord and each other – people who are kind, compassionate, generous, and faithful in their attendance at church, you will probably become like that too. Over time, we become like those we associate with. So, choose your friends carefully. Find a group of people who have character traits you admire and would like to develop in your own life. Surround yourself with people who have the kind of life that you would like to have and spend lots of time with them.
Much of your life’s accomplishments will be influenced by and determined by the people you associate with. For instance, consider what we learn about King David in 2 Samuel 23:8-39. That entire passage records the exploits of King David’s mighty men. They were the counselors and military leaders that he surrounded himself with and who helped to make David the success that he was. And please don’t miss that point – David’s reign was not a one-man show. David didn’t do it all by himself. Instead, he was constantly surrounded by mighty men of God who were bold, courageous, and very wise in the ways of the Lord.
That insight into David’s life and successes caused me to think back over my own life and to remember all the mighty men and women of God who have played such a big role in my life. I thank God for them. My life would have been so diminished and less successful had it not been for their crucial help, guidance, and influence all along the way.
Who are the mighty men and women of God in your life (past and present)? Do you have such people in your life? If you do, thank God for them. If you don’t, then ask God to bring you some. We become like those we associate with. The quality of the people we surround ourselves with matters very much. Who are your mighty men and mighty women? Choose them carefully.
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