Bad company corrupts good character.1 Corinthians 15:33 NIV
God told His people, “If you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble” (Numbers 33:55). Was God being uncharitable? No, He just understood that if His people hung out with the Canaanites they’d pick up the habits, seek their approval, live by their values (see Judges 16:4) and end up worshipping their gods! That’s why He laid down His law so clearly!
John Maxwell says, “You’ll acquire the vices and virtues of your closest associates. The fragrance of their lives will pervade yours.” He’s right! You can tell yourself that a bad relationship won’t hurt you; or that ‘your good’ will rub off on them. But who are you kidding? If you put on a pair of white gloves, go into your back yard and pick up dirt, the dirt won’t get glovey, but the gloves will definitely get dirty. Right?
Wake up! A toxic relationship is like a malignant cell; if left unchecked, it’ll rob you of your health, and maybe even your life. Cervantes, who wrote Don Quixote, said, “Tell me your company, and I’ll tell you who you are.”
Take another look at the influences in your life today, for they’re doing two things: (1) moulding you, and (2) motivating you. If a constant drip can wear away a rock, then the wrong influences can undermine you little by little. But you’re not a rock, you can move!