Don't fool yourselves. Bad friends will destroy you. (1Co 15:33)
Grace and peace in the name of Jesus
Friends, all men on earth are somehow influencers. All of us have the power to influence others, positively or negatively. That’s why we may be easily influenced too. That's what we need to be careful.
Paul, the Apostle said bad company ruins the good things that are in us, and the Scriptures repeatedly warn us about bad associations. So it's not something that we should ignore.
God blesses those people who refuse evil advice and won't follow sinners or join in sneering at God. (Slm 1:1)
Christ also said we should be influencers, but not influenced by the world. He said that we are salt and light. We know that salt changes the taste of food and the light dispels the darkness. Jesus expectation about us is to exercise a positive impact to others and lead them in faith, perseverance, knowledge of who God is ... But if we have a poor mind we are weak and easily led by those who have nothing with God - on the contrary, as it says in Psalm 1, make fun of it - serve only to be thrown out.
You are like salt for everyone on earth. But if salt no longer tastes like salt, how can it make food salty? All it is good for is to be thrown out and walked on.
These words of Yeshua explain that we make the Earth bearable. We do that with our influence, our way of life. There are many things that are completely dispensable in our way of life. Many of our attitudes or words can be adjusted to the pattern of Jesus. Not the pattern of the world. If we have no more power of salting the earth is because we are not fulfilling our role. The world cannot attract us so much that become comfortable in being mixed in the middle of it. We have to be influencers.
There are many who don't respect authority, and they fool others by talking nonsense… But you must make them be quiet. They are after money, and they upset whole families by teaching what they should not…And you should be hard on such people, so you can help them grow stronger in their faith. Don't pay any attention to any of those senseless Jewish stories and human commands. These are made up by people who won't obey the truth… Such people claim to know God, but their actions prove that they really don't. They are disgusting. They won't obey God, and they are too worthless to do anything good. (Tit 1:10-16)
The righteous is more excellent than his neighbor, but the way of the wicked seduces them. (Prv 12:26)
You people aren't faithful to God! Don't you know that if you love the world, you are God's enemies? And if you decide to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. (Tgo 4:4)
The apostle James compares this attitude with marital infidelity, because in his view this kind of association is a betrayal. "Whoever is not against us is for us" (Mark 9:40) - the opposite is also true. Friendship with the enemy of the husband is adultery.
I pray that you receive this word, meditate and understand that our Father is jealous. He put a spirit in us and He doesn’t that we be associated with those who do not enjoy, unless to influence them in fact. We must be faithful to our husband. Remember that we are married to God, we cannot have any kind of romance with those who are enemies of God.
Peace and love in the name of our Lord Jesus