Concerning the Resurrection of Christ from the dead and those who ridicule it, Paul gave a severe warning to those who do believe this Cardinal Doctrine of the Faith with this admonition about whom we choose as friends:
1Corinthians 15:33 “Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits." (NKJV).
Here’s an easier to understand thought from Tyndale:
If unbelieving people say, “Christ is not risen, let's eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die;” Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.”
Your mother probably taught the same truth to you when she warned, “You are known by the company you keep.”
Learning through the teaching of parents and others to be “choosy” in your selection of friends, and later team members in your chosen field, is one of the most valuable choices you will make in life. I can personally vouch for the pain of selecting men of less than good character over the long haul. The different option is much better. Here’s a good choice statement from a man who excelled in his field.
Indiana State U Track & Field Coach John McNichols, 23 times Coach of the Year in the Missouri Valley Conference. Here’s his secret:
“You are only as good as the people you surround yourself with. I am very fortunate to work with some excellent coaches who are also good people.”
To surround yourself with people of good character, you must choose to be a person of unwavering character.
If you admit that you are weak in this area, learn from the scriptures how to progress in the life of faith to become a stalwart person who does not bend on any moral issue, keeping in mind that deception is not a mark of high character.
Faithfully following the example of Jesus Christ is the best place to start and follow through.
Copyright © 2018 Larry Lilly
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