“Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
Today’s Christian daily devotional
“So, do you think you can make it on Friday?” Billy’s voice sounded like a kid on Christmas morning, bubbling over with glee.
“I don’t know, man. Jackie’s pregnant and I really should be helping her out on the weekends.” Mark turned his head to the side, speaking in a hushed tone.
The phone emitted a heavy sigh on the other end of the line. Mark knew what was coming next.
“It’s my birthday, man. The club owner hooked us up with free bottle service and an RSVP table.” Billy whined like he always did when things weren’t going his way.
Mark was silent for a moment, trying to think of a lie that Jackie would buy. “Alright, I’ll figure it out. But, don’t call the house. Text me.”
Jackie rounded the corner, balancing a laundry basket on her growing belly. She smiled while passing him in the hallway. Bopping her head to the beat in her headphones she was totally oblivious to her husband’s secret weekend plans.
Mark weakly smiled back, tucking his phone under his palm. He quickly ducked into his office. Trying to look occupied, he jumped onto his computer. The thumping vein in his neck was the only indication that Mark’s heart was beating a mile a minute. He felt as if he had just dodged a fatal bullet.
All week long, Mark avoided Jackie as much as he possibly could. Every time he looked at his wife, he felt as if she was reading his thoughts. Friday couldn’t come soon enough.
When it finally did, his nerves were on fire all day. As he and Jackie cleaned up after dinner, Mark’s phone alerted him that he had a new text: “Get down here! The party is hopping. Girls galore.”
He watched as Jackie loaded the dishwasher, her left hand pressed against the small of her back. Sadness washed over his heart; Mark began to see clearly just exactly what he was risking.
Standing up, he grabbed the dish from Jackie’s hands. Placing it on the counter, he gently wrapped his hands around his wife from behind. Turning off his phone, he tossed it onto the counter.
He plunged his face into her the back of her neck, inhaling as much of Jackie as he could; shuddering at the thought of the real bullet he had just dodged.
In 1 Corinthians 15:33 we are warned that the company we keep has the power to destroy the fabric of who we claim to be. Only fools play with fire never anticipating the inevitable burn.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
After reading 1 Corinthians 15:33, I see that friendships are to be taken seriously. Lord, I know Jesus Himself walked away from those who were closest to Him.
He spent most of His time in prayer with you. If Jesus needed to be in your presence continually, I realize that I need it that much more. Help me to put my relationship with you first.
Help me to let go of those who will hamper my faith, attempting to breathe doubt and carnality into my ear.
Deliver me from the kinds of relationships that are drawing me away from you.
I want you to guide me towards those you want me to spend more time with and help me to let go of those who aren’t good for my spiritual growth.
I’m doing this because I want to go higher and I want to get to know my BEST FRIEND better, even if it means I have to sacrifice a few others along the way.
In Jesus’ precious name, because you’re more than worth it, Lord. Amen.”
Thank you for reading today’s Christian daily devotional on verse: 1 Corinthians 15:33
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan