If you’re feeling trapped and struggling to attend to the spiritual maturity you want or should’ve been by now, take a look around you. Who are the people that you spend the most time with? You may ask, why is this important? It’s simply important because those who stands nearest to you has enormous influence.
Be not deceived: evil communications (companionship) corrupts good manners. -1 Corinthians 15:33 KJV
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. – Proverbs 9:6
Here’s a brutal truth: most people adapt to whatever surrounding they find themselves. This is only good if the surrounding has a higher standard than you would hold alone. The saddest thing I’ve ever had to witness repeatedly is, most of the companionships, surroundings are based on convenience and not purpose.
If you want to improve and succeed in your life purpose, you must not tolerate the unhealthy companionships or surroundings (unless you’re the influencer). Surrounding yourself with people who have a high standard will elevate your thinking and your spirit, those are the kinds of people that you need to spend most of your time with and that others are simply being influenced by being around you.
Most of us neglect this topic even when we’re told that our lives are being destroyed by it, we tolerate those poor surroundings because we get blinded by the fact that sometimes it’s the things or people that we hold near to our hearts that we need to get rid of. Apostle Paul said it perfectly:
But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord… -Philippians 3:7-8 KJV
Your life purpose and potential are irrelevant if you’re not surrounded by people who will challenge you daily to be a better version of yourself by just being in their presence.
We can choose to ignore this or come to the full knowlege of the damage and consequences our surrounding can have and do something about it.
To many people both from the Bible and till this day have left this present life unfulfilled because of unhealthy companionships.
Don’t Let That Be You.
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