Proverbs 1: King James Bible
Bad Company – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter one, Verses 10-16
10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: 12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:
13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: 14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: 16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Keeping Bad Company
I can still hear my Grandmother telling me from my childhood,”You’re known by the friends you keep.”
I didn’t understand the weight behind those words until the first time I became victim of “guilty by association.” I’ll bet we’ve all experienced that at some stage in our lives, some more severely than others.
Keeping bad company isn’t the problem (necessarily), but running with the pack is where you wind up being tempted to do the things that the Father would rather you stay away from. Sin comes easily when it comes with a reward from your peers.
Jesus kept bad company at times, but didn’t run with the pack, but instead caused for them to instead run with him. At least that was the intention.
Jesus said, “Those who’re whole have no need of a doctor, but they that are sick do.” That is an extremely loose translation of Mark 2:17, but you get what I’m saying. He wasn’t picking up bad habits, but was instead causing a righteous impact, as a light shining in a dark place.
The Proverb says “if they entice” and “if they say.” Know what the Father says, so in the event we’re faced with an enticement, or a suggestion, we’ll know how to respond, knowing what the Lord would rather us do to remain unstained by this world.
Related New Testament Scripture
1 Corinthians 5: King James Bible
8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: 10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.
You are Lord over all, and you know all that comes against us on a daily basis. Help us to stay strong in faith, and to be faithful to your desires concerning us, and to take no heed from those who would do us harm either spiritually or physically. In Jesus name we pray…
Man could I go on forever in this confession section touching this topic of bad company, but no need for details. I’m certain I’m not alone in that…
Have I been guilty of taking heed to the enticement from sinners? You bet. Praise, thanks, and honor to the Father, who has shed such mercy on us, to decide to forgive someone who needs it so badly as I…
How about yourself? Have you ever found yourself enticed while running with Bad Company?