Who do you surround yourself with?

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame. (1 Corinthians 15:33-34)

When I was in high school, my mom always used to tell me to stop hanging out with my friends, that they were a bad influence in my life. But of course, being stubborn little brat I was, I ignored her advise. In fact, I moved out of my parents place so I can freely hang out with my ride-or-die friends. I would go out drinking, smoking and shoplifting whatever I wanted with them, we were truly just a bunch of idiots.

It is very true, that if you look at a person and their close circle of friends, you’ll be able to figure out what kind of a person they are. Who you surround yourself is very important, because you will eventually become like them. (If you are not already)

In 1 Corinthians, it says bad company “corrupts” good character, and following verse says to come back to your senses so you can stop sinning. At the end, not only the bad company will corrupt your good moral, but also when that happens, it easily leads you to sinning, or a lifestyle of habitual sin.

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. (Proverbs 13:20)

It is so important, especially in the beginning of your Christian walk to surround yourself with a good Godly people, who are passionate for Christ. Learn from them and have them keep you accountable, just like how Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) I’ve seen countless Christians fall away from their faith or backslide because they were lacking this.

Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. (Proverbs 11:14)

When I first got saved, I was still dealing with a lot of sin issues I’ve been living with all my life, but I held on to my spiritual mom’s advise and counseling for dear life and surrounded myself with many Christian sisters. (I had to actually cut contacts with many friends) Of course my primary counselor was the holy spirit, but having good company really did help a lot, because I was immature and lacked wisdom.

But then, do we just avoid people who seem like a “bad company” and hide out with “good people”? Is that what Jesus did? He spent a lot of times around his disciples but he actually went to the sinners and fed, healed, delivered, and loved on them as well.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

This is one of my favorite verse in the bible, and every time I read this, I get chills. We are not to be conformed with the worldly patterns, but we are called to be the atmosphere shifters and salt and light of this world. Not only surrounding yourself with a strong community, but to actually be going out into the world to make an impact.

5 thoughts on “Who do you surround yourself with?

  1. I had struggles building relationships when I was younger. Unlike your story, I have been in a Christian community and when I went to college, I found a spiritual family. But I can relate to the latter part. I enjoyed staying in the church so much so that I find it hard to connect with people outside, people who God wants us to reach out to. This is what I’m learning since. To let your spiritual family influence you and encourage you to reach out to others. Thank you for sharing this. It made me remember my college years. Btw, it’s nice to see someone with the same name, but with an additional H. 🙂

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    1. Hii Hanna ❤ Yeah I'm realizing that there are so many people in the church who only have "Christian friends" and church friends. I was definitely becoming more like that. But lately I've been feeling that God actually wants us to reach out to others and love on them! (even in the midst of Covid)

      It's really nice to connect with you! 🙂

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  2. This is a good post! It’s good to remind ourselves as Christians that we represent Christ to others. In Romans 14, Paul wrote that we should not cause others to stumble by our actions or words. We need to remember what Christ taught us – that was to love God and others, and to preach the gospel, leading others to salvation.

    Now we have an even greater gospel than the one Jesus preached at his first coming!

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