DO NOT BE DECEIVED: “BAD COMPANY CORRUPTS GOOD MORALS.” 1 CORINTHIANS 15:33 (NASB)

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1 Peter 5:8 (NIV) Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
I am sadden by the enormous overwhelming mean and evil spirit that is permeating our society. It is in our homes, our schools, our politics, our churches, and everywhere. I was in the store the other day and another customer had on a really pretty top. I complimented her. She just looked at me, not very pleasantly. I said, “You’re welcome” and kept going. What is wrong with saying “Thank you”? I don’t get it. We were founded on Christian Judaeo values and beliefs. Studies show that we have become less of a Christian society and many have lost our connection. We are in the minority. We wonder why our children are often rude, selfish and not forthcoming.
Fortunately, not everyone is this way. Thank you Jesus! It is critical that we that know the way, walk it, talk it, and live it to the best of our abilities. None of us are perfect and all of us have something we can work on to be better. Be the “Good Company” others want to be around.
What can we do?
In reviewing the Dale Carnegie principles which are consistent with biblical principles; some things we can do include:

Stop criticizing, condemning or complaining.
We should speak words that uplift and edify each other. You may ask how then does one correct or show a better way without criticism? I am glad you thought to ask that question. When attempting to get someone to see things or do things differently, one option might be to start by acknowledge mistakes we ourselves have made to make the point. Start with edification on things being done well. Rather than criticize, one might seek to know how things could have been done differently and provide guidance versus criticism.
Why complain when you can cast your cares upon Him?

Call attention to people’s mistakes indirectly and ask questions rather than give orders.

Let the other person save face. There is nothing more humiliating than to be criticized in front of others. Take a person even a child off to the side and use a positive approach to correct a negative situation.

Give a person a fine reputation to live up to.

Use encouragement and make the fault seem easy to correct.

We are living at a critical time when Satan is seeking whom he can devour. He is using every trick in the book to malign, disturb, and shake up all areas of our lives from politics to religion; in our homes, our schools, and even our churches. I conclude by quoting a song we use to sing:
“Don’t let the devil ride, If you let him ride, he will want to drive, don’t let him ride”. Now is the time for us all to proclaim, “Get them behind me Satan!”

Scriptures to Ponder…
Matthew 15:11 (AMP) It is not what goes into the mouth of a man that defiles and dishonors him, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles and dishonors him.”
Matthew 15:18-20 (AMP) 18 But whatever [word] comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this is what defiles and dishonors the man. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts and plans, murders, adulteries, sexual immoralities, thefts, false testimonies, slanders (verbal abuse, irreverent speech, blaspheming). 20 These are the things which defile and dishonor the man;
Psalm 34:13(NIV) Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.
Galatians 6:7 (TLB) Don’t be misled; remember that you can’t ignore God and get away with it: a man will always reap just the kind of crop he sows!
Jeremiah 29:13 NIV You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. … “Love our neighbor as we love thyself”

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