1 CORINTHIANS 15:33

Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” 

1 Corinthians 15:33 (NKJV)

Suggested reading: 1 Corinthians 15:33-34

When our hearts are broken, we may seek companionship with almost anyone just to try to ease our pain. However, people who are not following Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior can lead us into sin and cause our own morals and convictions to be corrupted. We must be very careful to only pursue close relationships with like-minded, godly people.

The emotional pain and trauma in our hearts and spirits makes us vulnerable and easily influenced at times. That is why we should do all we can to draw closer to our Most High God. As we become more familiar with His character and will by reading His Word, we will be strengthened to avoid the traps that the enemy, Satan, sets for us. One of his common traps is to encourage us to develop intimate relationships with ungodly people with the hope that we can help them change their ungodly way of life. However, the opposite can happen. Our convictions to live a godly life can be compromised even though our intentions were to help the other person.

Guarding our hearts and spirits must be a priority when we are on a healing journey. The inner healing process can take months or years. When emotional pain is triggered during the process, it requires determination on our part to stay as close to the Lord as possible. We cannot allow ungodly relationships to interfere with our needed healing. Satan does not want our broken hearts to be healed, because healed believers are able to fulfill their God-given destiny more effectively. The devil will do everything he can to try to interfere with the healing process, including using ungodly people in our lives to do so. We must not be deceived. Evil company corrupts good habits!

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