Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’”
1 Corinthians 15:33 NIV
Just being IN THE COMPANY of bad people can corrupt MY good character?? BYE Felisha. The Bible is full of wit and wisdom y’all, so listen up. This scripture is the reason people tell you to watch the company you keep. If someone is acting outside of God’s will… then it may be time to go your separate ways.
- Watch the company you keep. That girl who’s always got the latest gossip is not good for you.
- A friend should celebrate your accomplishments. That person hating on the good things in your life is not your friend.
- Self-control is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. That “free spirit” with no restraint is not your homie.
Okay.. so how do you recognize bad company?
Did you look around and realize that you’re surrounded by Felisha’s? Maybe you’re caught in a cycle of bad relationships and can’t find your way out. If you need a real life example of a good friend, look to God. God is love and you simply won’t find a better friend. He’s so dope that He anticipated your needs two chapters before this warning about bad company and wrote you some guidelines.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV
If the ‘ship you’re in does not show the signs of love (whether it’s relationship, friendship, or fellowship), you need to say “Bye Felisha” and move on. That doesn’t mean you should cut yourself off from the world. You can and should continue minister to everyone on your path. You should continue to be a bright light in this dark world and spread the good news that God has given you. Unless those interactions start to negatively influence your thinking or your behavior. If that happens, the Bible says you need to say “Bye Felisha.”
So we should walk around yelling, “Bye Felisha!” to people who ain’t acting right?
LOL do not go around yelling “Bye Felisha!” That would be so rude. Bye Felisha is a simple (and silly) metaphor for this complicated issue. You can use “Bye Felisha!” as a reminder to walk away from bad company, but be careful not to be rude and use it literally. You should be an example of the good company you want to keep.
Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.
For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.
But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.”
2 Timothy 4:2-5 NLT
Isn’t it comforting to know that God is always ahead of the game? He is not surprised when you cross paths with bad company. He is not caught off guard by the wicked ways of the world. God is omniscient and omnipotent. He knows all and is able to do whatever it takes to satisfy your needs. He can see centuries into the future and know that you will need a Savior to be an atoning sacrifice for your sins AND a guidebook to stay on the path of righteousness. Let’s look at what the Bible says we need to do to maintain good character in a world of Felisha’s.
Is there someone or something in your life that you need to tell goodbye? Learn how to do it the righteous way.