As I was reading my Facebook newsfeed, I came across this post about a crime done by a certain group of individuals or ‘barkada’ to an OFW.
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1 Cor. 15:33
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers
This is one of the problems in our society. Hard-drinking, a little pot session, and late-night gigs at discos and bars. These are frivolous things that are heavily influenced by your friends or peers. Of course, I am publicly admitting that I was once guilty of either one or two of these. Oh, the Youth!
I am not saying that all your friends are that bad or good. It’s just that, we should be careful on who to trust and share some important matters in our lives. For they have the power to influence you, to destroy or build you up!
In a group of peers, there will always be different personalities. Also, let us not forget but remember, that there will always be this black sheep among them. Imagine a wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing and pretending and living among one of these sheep. It is ready to devour one of the sheep if given the opportunity.
And just like how Judas Iscariot seated among Jesus’ disciples. Where in the end, he betrayed Jesus for 30 shekels of silver. I hope that while reading this, you are not one with the Spirit of Judas Iscariot. Nor have the intention of receiving the 30 shekels to disown a friend in favor of the position.
Choosing a friend is like you already have a glimpse of your future. Why? How come? It’s simply because, how they are living their life and how they impart their special attributes to you will also affect you and your outlook in life. I know some of you might disagree and say ‘I have a lot of drug-addicted friends but I ended up professional and not in jail‘. Good for you then, because you chose not to be influenced by this thing. It only means that you should use that opportunity or that thought to help your fellow friends not be involved in that destructive thing.
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Simple! Be a good son or daughter or a good father or mother. Be a good follower. Be a good influence and role model. Be humble. Be a good friend. Be a good listener. Be ready to accept criticisms. Do not tolerate. Encourage and lift them up. Lead a life that will testify to the goodness of God. Lead a life that will strengthen them through God. Lead a life full of compassion. Lead a life that will lead them to Salvation. Lead a life through the eyes of God and His words. And lastly, lead a life in a way how you will make a great positive impact in their lives!
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