1 Corinthians 15:33 (NASB)
Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”
Other translations use the phrase “ruins good morals” or “destroys good morals”.
Two things stand out here;
-Deception - You could choose to deceive yourself or you could choose to allow others to deceive you.
-Influence - In this context, bad has an influence over good.
The Greek word for corrupt in this verse means to experience moral deterioration or moving down from a high level or to waste away. Amen!
- Meaning that corruption is a process; it does not happen in one day.
- It could happen one idea at a time. Our heavenly Father is patient so too is the devil.
- For as long as the enemy gets you on a path that will lead you downhill, he will patiently present one idea at a time until he achieves his goal.
- That is why we will use this opportunity to reiterate that we should not engage in companionship relationships casually. All it takes is one wrong information in order to begin experiencing moral deterioration.
· Do not deceive yourself into thinking that the things you hear, see or say unintentionally do not affect you either. Our words have power and our minds capture faster than we think. So, establish your routine - daily, weekly, biweekly, frequently;
-To consistently re-evaluate / or take inventory of your life. It is your life, you have authority to do so.
- Re-establish boundaries; the boundaries of yesterday may not as effective today.
-Be aware of distractions; purposefully avoid placing yourself in compromising situations.
-Establish or re-establish personal values and standards.
-Then remember to communicate the changes with those closest to you so that you all live with understanding.