Scripture Reading:  1 Corinthians 15:33

St. John Bosco advises us in the following words, “Fly from bad companions as from the bite of a poisonous snake. If you keep good companions, I can assure you that you will one day rejoice with the blessed in Heaven; whereas if you keep with those who are bad, you will become bad yourself, and you will be in danger of losing your soul.”Our reference says, ‘Do not be deceived: bad company corrupts good morals”. Letting others determine your behavior or do your thinking for you is quite perilous spiritually. If you’re in need of some good companionship, and we all are, why not spend your time with brothers and sisters in the Lord?”   Dear child of God the big question is who is your friend, who do you often like to be with, seek advice from or emulate unconsciously?  It is very important because most people are in the mess they are in today because of the kind of friends they keep.  The Bible did not mince word when it was telling us that the kind of companion we keep can influence us positively or negatively.  Often times the success of person both spiritual and otherwise can be traced to how good-headed the spouse is. Look at the case of Adam and Eve; Eve is described as a negative influence on Adam.  He influenced Adam negatively leading him to lose his spiritual leadership which he got freely from God.  Hear St Paul in 1 Corinthians 5:11 “What I mean was that you should not associate with a person who calls himself a brother but is immoral or greedy or worships idols or is a slanderer or a drunkard or a thief.  Don’t even sit down to eat with such a person.”  A true life story of how two friends ended their lives in the University.  A young lady lured her friend into campus prostitution, on this fateful day; they went out as usual unknown to them that they had run into the hands of ritualists.  They were promised high pay.  Beloved, do you know that, that was the end of those young promising lives.  The next day on campus, the news was that two lifeless ladies were found in the hotel with some parts of their body removed.  They were identified as those two friends.  Some people are into all sorts of immorality today because their friends lured them into it.  So many men are in trouble today because they have allowed their spouse to mislead them.   Who is your counselor?  In Genesis 18, Jethro’s advice saved Moses from spiritual and physical breakdown. In 2 Samuel 13:5, Jonadab gave Ammon bad advice, to rape Tamar; he paid for it with his life. The eleven other Apostles made Jesus their true companion and today they are revered by believers all over the world.  Lot was saved by his Uncle Abraham because Abraham was godly.   Dear friend of Jesus, have you been laid astray by bad friends? You can retrace your step before it is too late.  Now is the time.  Remember, you will be held accountable for your actions.  Avoid destiny killers, there is this saying that, “if you live another man’s life, you will die another man’s death.”  Be yourself.

Prayer Points:

  1. Thank God for His message to us today in this reflection.
  2. Ask for God’s mercy for straying from the path that He taught you to follow.
  3. O Lord, grant me the grace not to be influenced by anybody to do what will offend You, my God.
  4. Pray for men and women who have been misled into doing the wrong things in life that God will deliver them. (Pray seriously)
  5. Prayer of commitment: Dear Lord, I thank You for opening my eyes to the dangers of bad companions, wrong influences.  Grant me the help to be able to restrain every negative influence.  Grant me wisdom and discernment when associating with people.  Be my Mentor, Guide, Counselor, and Director.  Help me to always walk in the path of righteousness all the days of my life. This I ask in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

Exercise: From today, ask God to choose your friends for you.
Memory Verse: Psalm 119:63