I was always taught that bad company corrupts good character. I never imagined that I would one day find myself in the company of such people. But, alas, there I was. And, unfortunately, my manners began to slip.
At first, it was just little things. I started to speak a bit more rudely than usual. I also became less patient with others and more easily irritated. But then it got worse. My morals began to waiver and soon I found myself doing things that I never thought possible.
I don’t know how much longer I could have lasted if it wasn’t for the intervention of a kind stranger. She showed me the error of my ways and helped me get back on track. Thank goodness she was there at the right time. Otherwise, who knows what would have become of me?
Without the help of that kind stranger, I might have continued down a dark path. But, thankfully, she showed me the light and helped me get back on track. I will forever be grateful to her for that.
This short story is one that resonates amongst many people, young and old. Why? They got into bad company and this may be a result of peer pressure. People don’t understand that ungodly influences abound in the world today and are aimed at taking us away from God.
What does the bible say about a bad company?
The bible has a lot to say about the importance of choosing good company and staying away from bad influences. In 1 Corinthians 15:33, for example, we are warned that “bad company ruins good morals.” This means that if we spend too much time in the company of people who are immoral or unethical, our own morals can be negatively impacted.
We need to be careful about whom we choose to surround ourselves with, as they can have a huge influence on us and our behavior. While no one is perfect and we are all bound to make mistakes, it is important to stay true to our values and prioritize the right things in line with the word of God.
Some bible verses about bad company
Here are some Bible verses that talk about negative influences and what they can do to a man.
- Proverbs 13:20
- 1 Corinthians 5:11
- Proverbs 19:27
- 1 Corinthians 15:33
- Proverbs 22:24
- Proverbs 27:17
Different types of bad company
This is probably what you already know, but I’ll point out a few of them.
- A friend who takes you that God is not real.
- Gossipers and backstabbers
- Manipulators and cheaters
- Drug addicts
- People who engage in risky behavior
Consequences of bad company
There can be serious consequences to following a bad company. When you choose to associate with criminals, vandals, or other wrongdoers, you run the risk of becoming like them.
You may also be putting your own safety and well-being and that of your family at risk too. Additionally, if you’re caught associating with the wrong people, you may face criminal charges when they commit a crime and run away.
And the most obvious consequence of mixing with the wrong company is that you’ll lose out on God’s promises and plans for your life.
The key to avoiding bad company is to be intentional about the type of people we choose to spend time with. Don’t tarnish your reputation, that of your family, that of your children, and that of the Kingdom of Heaven.