Don't Some People Make You Sick
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February 13, 2008
Don't Some People Make You Sick!
"Men of perverse heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with evil" (Psalms 101:4).
Some people make us sick. All we have to do is get close to them when they are sick and their sickness, if contagious, can make us sick. In fact, many viruses and different bacteria can live in tiny droplets of air born moisture and float from one person to another. Other people can and will make you sick.
In the same way that we can physically catch what others have, we can also be Spiritually influenced by those close to us, good or bad. Though it would never seem like the "Christian" thing to do, sometimes we have to stay away from those who are having a negative influence on us. Sad to say, but some Christians should stop hanging around other Christians who are having a bad influence on their life. This happens so much. It's hard because those dear friends have really helped us at times, been there for us, have been so loyal and at times so loving. Yet, if they are being used by the enemy to thwart God’s plan in your life, then you should bail out of the relationship.
Reason with me. What good is a "friend" if they are hurting your walk with Christ? What good is it to spend a lot of time with someone who has already led you into sin? If the devil has used this person once, to lure you into disobedience, why would you want to spend one more day with him or her? Oh...you being the great Christian giant you are, you’re going to change them, right? Nope. Oh, you think God is going to use you to change their heart? Then, why are you already following them into a path of destruction? You've already allowed them to lead you away from Christ. It will only get worse.
Friend, you are hanging around a Spiritually sick person who doesn't want to get well. Leave their healing and recovery up to more Spiritually well people than yourself, people who can work with them without becoming infected. This principle is found in Galatians 6:1, "Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted". This Scripture say those who are known to be Spiritual should try to restore the sinner. But if you think you are a Spiritual giant and you are not, then you will be tempted into the same evil as the one you are trying to help.
Hang out with a liar, and you'll be tempted to lie. Hang out with a gossip, and you'll gossip too. Hang out with a sexually immoral person, and you can become sexually immoral. Hang out with someone who has a negative outlook on life, and your outlook will suffer. Hang out with someone who is down on their church and before long, you'll be down on your church.
"Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible" (Ephesians 5:11-13).
Here is a list from God's Word of people we are to avoid:
1) People who are in love with themselves.2) People who are in love with money.3) People who are boastful.4) People who are proud. 5) Those who are disobedient to their parents.6) People who are ungrateful.7) People who are unholy.8) People who are without love.9) People who are unforgiving.10) People who are slanderous.11) People who have no self-control.12) People who are brutal.13) People who do not love good.14) People who are treacherous.15) People who are rash.16) People who are conceited.17) People who love pleasure more than God.This list of people to avoid is found in 2 Timothy 3:2-5Oh there are many other Scriptures too, such as, "Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him. You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned" (Titus 3:10-11).
"A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much" (Proverbs 20:19).
Dear Heavenly Father, with so much sickness in the world, lead us to stay away from those who are certain to make us Spiritually sick. In Jesus' Mighty Name, AMEN! Re-arranging my life for Christ,
David L. Burns
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