Growth By Association

1 Corinthians 15:33 (Amplified Version) says “Do not be so deceived  and  misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character.”

Christian fellowship is vital to our Christian walk. Our ability to grow and excel in Christ is limited only by our associations. It is important that we are not “clique-ish” – only choosing to form friendships and bonds with people who are like us. The body of Christ is versatile. It includes people of all age groups, nationalities, educational and economic backgrounds. We cannot be so narrow-minded that we neglect to form friendships and engage in fellowship with people we consider “different.”

That being said, we need to have regular fellowship with all Christians: those who are just starting their journey, those with whom we share the same leg of the journey, and those who are further ahead. They are all able to provide us with the spiritual encouragement that we need to grow.

Also, we must be careful of those “other” associations that may hinder us as we seek to become more Christlike. Everyone does not have our best interest at heart. As Jesus said, we must be wise as serpents but gentle as doves. If you find yourself stagnant in your growth, it may be time for a change in your social environment.

One response to “Growth By Association

  • Paul

    Amen my brother. Yes connecting to others can expand us, They may challenge our ideas and doctrines but that’s good too. They challenged Jesus and he gave them solutions and of course truth, which enlarged them in the process.
    The Lord bless you and thanks for your input today

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