Here is something to really think about. God warns us to avoid people with bad character:
1. Bad influences -1 Corinthians 15:33, “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” Look at it this way, "Do not be misled: 'Bad company corrupts good character.”
2. False teachers – 2 John 1:10, "If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed.”
3. Professing Christians with sinful lifestyles – 1 Corinthians 5:11, "But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.”
4. Divisive people – Titus 3:10-11, "A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject; (11) Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.”
On the other hand we shouldn't avoid unbelievers -1 Corinthians 5:9-11, but neither should we partner with them – 2 Corinthians 6:14, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? (15) And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? (16) And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (17) Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, (18) And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
Take not of the following – "I'm too Blessed to Be Stressed and too Anointed to Be Disappointed."
I refuse to be discouraged, To be sad or to cry. I refuse to be downhearted,
And here's the reason why: I have a God who is almighty; Who is sovereign and supreme.
I have a God who loves me. And I am on His team.
He is all-wise and powerful; Jesus is His name.
Though everything else is changeable, My God remains the same.
I refuse to be defeated. My eyes are on my God.
He has promised to be with me, As through this life I trod. I am looking past my circumstances To Heaven's throne above. My prayers have reached the heart of God.
I am resting in His love. I give thanks to Him for everything. My eyes are on His face.
The battle is His; the victory is mine; He will help me win the race.
I repeat, "I'm too blessed to be stressed."
Do you know what the future holds? Do you have everything today that you will need in the future? To both of those questions the answer is “NO.” But God has already answered “YES” to both in His Word. Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
Someone wrote, “I haven’t written my own epitaph, and I’m not sure I should. Whatever it is, I hope it will be simple, and that it will point people not to them, but to the One I served.”
Remember – the thing that kept Christ on the cross was the LOVE, not a NAIL
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