Since we started a topic under the ‘bad influence’ tag the other day with this article (People who enjoy the misery of others are terrible!) we continue with it today.
Remember how your mom and dad always wanted to meet your friends? It is for good reason – they want to make sure that your friends who you spend time with are a good influence and not a bad influence. For instance, people don’t start doing drugs because they hang around with people who don’t do drugs. People start taking drugs because they hang around people who do drugs.
The same applies to any bad habit that you see in your life’s travails. Want to be healthy? You go to a gym where other like minded people are exercising just like you. Want to become a better public speaker – you go to a class where other people learn. Want to learn about investment opportunities – you go to somebody who has access to investment opportunities.
Get the drift.
So as you read the verses today from a short, and often overlooked book in the New Testament, Titus, you can see the wisdom of the generations before you, enacted in your life right now.
Bottom line, if something is bad or people are bad – rebuke them sharply, get away, and stay away.
Tit 1:12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are always liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. Tit 1:13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
Titus 1: 12-13