“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”
“Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.”
Your company is your sphere of operation which determines what rubs off on you. Our opening verse says he who walks with wise men shall be wise, but the companion of fools shall be destroyed. You cannot avoid the influence of the company you keep until you stop keeping such company. Grace is in families and in fellowships. Who you company with determines the kind of influence or grace you come under. This is the reason why it is very important to choose your company right.
In Paul’s first epistle to the Church at Corinth, he wrote that they desist from walking with heretics. He wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:33 that evil communications corrupt good manners and he charged them in verse 34 to awake to righteousness that they might not sin. The company they kept taught and influenced them against the knowledge of God and the truth of God’s Word. He emphasized that some of them lacked the knowledge of God, and that it was shameful to them. They were ignorant of the influence of their company on them.
When Saul of Kish came into the company of prophets, he began to prophesy, though he was not a prophet (1 Samuel 10:1-11). The company that he came into rubbed off the prophetic grace on him and he began to prophesy as a prophet. The kind of influence that you’ll come under will be determined by the church you attend, the friends you keep and the people you permit to speak into your life. Don’t be ignorant of the influence of your company on you. Walk in wisdom and make the right choice of the company you keep. Iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend (Proverbs 27:17).
My Solid Front (Confession): In the Name of Jesus Christ, I declare that my steps are ordered by the Lord and I walk in wisdom to choose the right company that best suit my life and destiny in Jesus’ Name. Amen.