1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
It is easier to pull someone down off a table than it is to lift them up onto a table.
Don`t let your relationships with non-believers lead you away from Jesus or cause you to waver in your faith. Don`t fool yourself into thinking that you can't be touched by their evil deeds, that you have it under control. God knows us better than we know ourselves and that is precisely why He tells us to obey Him and His Word - it keeps us from unnecessary trouble.
It is better for us to learn to obey Him early on in our Christian walk and avoid the pitfalls. We will have enough trials during our life-time without adding to them by disobedience.
It pleases God when we do good and yet suffer for it patiently.
1 Peter 2:20
For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.
“I found Israel Like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers As the firstfruits on the fig tree in its first season. But they went to Baal Peor, And separated themselves to that shame; They became an abomination like the thing they loved.
The Moabites enticed the Israelites into sexual sin and Baal worship. Before long, they became as corrupt as the gods they worshipped.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
We will all eventually adopt and copy the characteristics and lifestyles of those around us if we are with them long enough. So it is therefore crucial that we are very selective in whose company we keep. Choose wisely those people you spend most of your time with.
For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
It`s a natural law to harvest what we plant. It is also true in other areas, if we sow of the flesh we will reap corruption, that is to say the flesh being our own desires, pleasing ourselves in everything we do, without thinking of others. If you plant to please yourself, you will reap a harvest of sorrow and evil eventually. On the other hand, if you plant to please Jesus, you will reap joy and everlasting life.