Scripture: Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1Corinthians 15:33 NIV
Observation: In chapter fifteen Paul is teaching at length about the truth claimed in Christ, specifically resurrection truth. In verse thirty-three he is instructing the Corinthians to not be mislead into believing lies.
Application: Paul is instructing the Corinthians that if they are being lead to believe that there is no resurrection than the entire gospel story is an exercise in futility. He claims that they are listening to naysayers and they are exposing themselves to bad influences who are giving bad council. Paul has spent a good part of chapter fifteen explaining how the gospel is true and any claim to the contrary is unfounded and brought by “bad company!” Christians need to understand that Paul’s admonition is for us as well as the Corinthians. If we associate with, not minister to, but associate with, people of low character we run the risk of damaging our witness. If we “waller” in the mud we’re going to get dirty. We must know that truth and we must believe in that reality. If we don’t our faith proves to be weak and futile and we become easily corrupted.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to love and minister to those in need but protect me from their influence on my life. Help me to always stay strong in you Lord. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen