Thursday, March 31, 2022

Company and Destiny

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1 Corinthians 15:33 (NET) Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”
When Seyi got a job and moved to the city, he wasn't diligent to watch his company, but just rolled with his colleagues and joined them every now and then in the bar. Even though he never joined them to take alcohol, he later noticed that unwholesome words started coming out of his mouth. He observed that he started using a certain dirty four-letter word and was now struggling with great lust in his heart.

Wondering why his heart was now filled with lust and weakness, 'I thought I've passed this stage in my walk with the Lord' he said to himself when it dawned on him that his good morals were being corrupted by the bad company he had been keeping.

Seyi first realized that things were not well with his soul when he noticed an inappropriate four-letter word coming out of his mouth consistently. He was uncomfortable because he understood that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matt 24:34) and that we would give account to the Lord for every idle word that comes out of our mouths (see Matt 12:36), how much more for every corrupt dirty word?

Go into today remembering that the company you keep as a believer goes a long way in determining your destiny (see Psa 1:1-5). Many destinies have been marginalized because good morals were corrupted along the way. Also remember that the words that come out of your mouth drive your destiny (see James 3:2-5, Prov 18:21). Be careful that your words are seasoned with salt and filled with grace (see Col 4:6). This is one way to ensure that your life is filled with grace.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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