The Direction of Influence


The peril of proximity

The box we used to store cough and cold medicine on our closet shelf had originally contained a famous brand of chocolate-covered peanuts. On the box was printed this warning: “Do not store near heat, soaps, perfumes, disinfectants, oil products, or other articles with strong odors.”

Imagine eating candy with the scent of ammonia or Stetson cologne!

Isn’t that why we don’t put a cut onion in the frig, uncovered? Onions are, shall we say, influential?

Maintaining distinctiveness

How easy it is for us to soak up our surroundings!

“Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company corrupts good morals’” (1 Corinthians 15:33; see 1 Kings 11:1-11).

God wants His people to make a positive impact on society, not the other way around (Matthew 5:13-16; Philippians 2:15).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB:

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