Saturday, 25 June 2016
DCLM Daily Manna, June 25 2016 by Pastor Kumuyi - Avoid Disorderly Friends
Topic: Avoid Disorderly Friends [June 25, 2016]
Text: Romans 16:17-27
Key Verse: "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learnt, and avoid them" (Romans 16:17).
One factor responsible for lack of progress in life, family or even a church, is when you strike a close relationship with persons of dubious character and intentions. In their craftiness, they soon begin to wield enormous influence over you. They are usually very critical and judgmental, self-conceited and foolhardy. It is, therefore, extremely unwise to mix up with such people.
Such people may be found among so-called highly spiritual brothers and sisters, or even in the leadership cadre of the church. Paul said that because the influence of such people is corrosive and easily cancels out all virtues and good character in others, they must be avoided. Such people are not servants of the Lord Jesus Christ, contrary to their empty professions. Actually, the Roman Christians had developed a reputation as good followers of Christ. Yet, they must always anticipate the evil activities of people of questionable character and conduct.
Paul contrasts such people with his companions and helpers in the work of God, prayed for more grace for believers, that they may be established in faith. The church in modern times is cosmopolitan in nature, with a mixture of people from different backgrounds and cultures. In such a setting, the tendency for good or bad influence, and indeed conflict, is high. We must promptly nip in the bud, all potential sources of division and conflict. It is only with unity of heart and purpose that we can accomplish much for the Lord.
Thought for the day: Remember, "evil communications corrupt good manners".
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.