any people have allowed the wrong influences into their lives. Some have lost their homes because of bad influences. There are others who have lost their lives by the wrong company they kept. The scriptures made it clear in 1 Corinthians 15:33 that "Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners" The question is, who have you allowed into your circle? Are they adding value to your life or rather depleting the reservoir of virtues you have built over the years. A tragic example is the case of Amnon, the first born of King David who as a result of his lust for his sister Tamar and counsel from his friend Jonadab raped her. Amnon's infatuation could not be satisfied. He was so obsessively consumed with lust for Tamar that he physically lost weight. Upon discovering this, his crafty friend Jonadab encourages Amnon to pursue his wicked desire against Tamar by inviting her alone to be with him and thereby raping her in the process. This eventually led to the killing of Amnon by Absalom who was the direct brother of Tamar. Nothing was said about what happened to Jonadab afterwards. (1 Samuel 13). Sometimes the people that lead you to do the wrong things escape unhurt while you are left to bear the brunt. Be careful! You are known by the companion you keep.
Let's take a look at these numbers:
20T × 0 = 0
50B ×1 = 50B
No matter how great a value is, once you multiply by zero, it reduces it to nothing and when you multiply by one it leaves the number unchanged.
Hear me dear friends, there are people that carry poison with them and no matter the virtues and glory you carry, a contact with them reduces you to nothing. And there are other set of people who will not add any value to your life like the number one. They leave you the same when you cross path. You are just where you are, stagnant not making any progress; you need to guard yourself from such people. Bad relationships are like bad investment. No matter how much you put into it, you will never get anything out of it. Be watchful! No matter how long it has taken you to build up those values and virtues that you possess, you can lose them in a twinkle of an eye by the wrong association. Never underestimate the influence of the people you have allowed into your life. If you must fulfill God's purpose for your life, there are some associations you will need to cut off. Elevation sometimes will require separation from the wrong crowd. When you have to start compromising yourself or morals for the people around you, it's probably time to change the people around you. Personalities, words and traits from others do rub off naturally hence the need for you to keep your guard and be careful who you allow into your space. Its better you hang out with people who are better than you and you will drift in that direction. May the Lord help us to be sensitive enough to decipher and make the right choices in our relationships. God bless you big.
Gbenga Owotoki is the founder and Presiding Coordinator Hephzibah Network International Ministries; a Ministry committed to stirring up the 'sleeping giant' in people for end-time exploits. A US trained Business and Change Management Strategist. He is widely known as the 'Change Driver' for his simple but yet unique ways through which he initiates changes that are rejuvenating lives and organizations and helping to restore hope in individuals who had completely given up. A widely travelled international conference speaker and Convener of the annual Giant Conference and Life Summit that have been a blessing to many.