Sunday, December 21, 2008
I Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
This verse came to mind earlier this week when I was browsing through a forum looking for new deals for the Wal-Mart deals page. There were some interesting discussions going on regarding the use of certain coupons. People were discussing using a coupon clearly intended for something more expensive on a cheaper item of the same brand. They were sharing which items they had found for which the coupon went through without beeping. At first I found myself reading the discussion, trying to discover whether I had the coupons being discussed, and curious as to what items were being purchased with them. I really had no intention of actually using the coupons in the way they were being discussed; I was "just curious." It was then that the Holy Spirit brought this verse to my mind.
The people with whom you associate will influence the way you think and act. If I were to consistently read discussions like the one I noted above, it would be very easy to start thinking that it actually is okay to use those coupons in an unethical way. "Everybody else is doing it, and they think it's fine," I could rationalize. But just because others are doing it does not mean that I should.
So my conclusion is this: Be careful to whom you listen! Remove yourself from the influence of anyone who does not have Biblical standards lest you find yourself tempted to adopt their unbiblical patterns of thought. Let the Bible be your guide for holy living!
How has the Lord worked in your heart this week? I'd love to have you leave me a comment or send me an email and let me know!