Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 (NLT)
Is that what you want? Is what do I want? Do you want to have godly character? Do you want to think and speak and act in ways that are pleasing to me? Do you want to live the life I have called you to live? To you want to be a bold and bright witness for me in the world? Do you want to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name? Yes, I want all of this to be true of me. I want you to use my life to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I want to be able to know and do your will. Yes, I want to think and speak and act like you. I want to be able to know and do your will. At the end of my life, I want to have no regrets. I will want to know that I have been powerfully used by you. So, bearing fruit for your kingdom and bringing glory to your name is my highest goal. All of these desires will no doubt require that I have godly character. I will need to be the person you have called me to be. I will need to live the life you have called me to live. That is right. That is true. That is certain. How can I have godly character in me? That is a very good question with several related answers. I am listening. You have my full attention. First, you must live in an intimate relationship with me. You must draw near to me. You must meet with me in prayer. You must meet with me in worship. You must meet with me in my word. Will you draw near to me? Will you live in an intimate relationship with me? Yes Lord, I will. Next you must be very careful about who you allow into your close circle of friends. You must carefully guard those who will have an influence in your life. Without a doubt, it is true that, “bad company corrupts good character”. Will you distance yourself from bad company? Yes Lord, I will. Now be careful on this point, do not withdraw from people. I want you to reach out and minister to those who do not know me. Do not expect that these people will have good and godly character because they won’t. You can minister to people of all types of character without allowing them to have an evil influence in your life. I understand. That’s good. Finally, I want you to be regularly and consistently engaged in building godly character in others. Will you do that? Will you allow me to use you in this way? Yes Lord, I will. Then as you remain in my presence and allow me to use you to nurture and grow godly character, you will live a life of no regrets. You will be and do all that I ask of you. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, often I have let bad company into my close circle of friends. What a foolish mistake that has been. I will no longer allow myself to be corrupted by bad company. Instead, I will allow you to use me to nurture and build godly character in the lives of others. Amen
Key Question… How is God using you to nurture and build the godly character of another person?
Living It Out… Allow God to use you to build godly character in others.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will use you to build godly character in others.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how God has been using you to build godly character in others.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you allow God to use you to nurture and build good character in others.
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