Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character (1 Corinthians 15:33 AMP).
You may say that you don’t believe in what those friends of yours say or do. You may even swear that you can never do what they do but you remain close friends with them. It’s true that you are not doing the things they do now but you are definitely setting yourself up for corruption. You go to every party with them; you visit peppersoup joints with them, they are your pals; they buy suya with the money they get from fornicating and you eat out of it, you spend some of their ‘yahoo yahoo’ proceeds, and you still say you are not part of them? I am so sorry, you are delving into what would most likely destroy you. Stop deceiving yourself.
Do you know what you’re doing to yourself? You are allowing yourself to be injected with evil. It might be in small doses but you are still being injected anyway. The eyes and ears are gateways to the heart. What your eyes and ears are fed with get deposited gradually in the heart. Just like they say, “Little drops make a mighty ocean.”
“Flee all appearances of evil” is the admonition The Bible gives us. It means don’t even smell evil. Don’t stay close to it else you fall for it and by it. In my culture, there is a saying that is interpreted as “Don’take close to your nose what you don’t have the intention of eating.” Do you get the message? Just as you are trying to perceive the odour/aroma/fragrance of that thing your so-called friends are dangling in front of you, you might mistakenly taste it, take a spoonful and then maybe eat the whole plate.
Sin creeps in while we are unaware. It takes us over gradually. The more reason we have to be very careful.
May God grant us the grace to resist the devil. May The Lord help us discern every trap the enemy has set for us. And may He grant us the power we need to pull away from every evil companionship in Jesus’ name!
~ OMOSEBI Mary Omolola