4 Types of People God Tells Us To Avoid

4 Types of People God Tells Us To Avoid. Scripture explains why.

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God warns us against snobbery and bigotry, things based on externals. 

But He warns us to avoid people with bad character:

1. Bad influences (1 Corinthians 15:33).
"Do not be misled: 'Bad company corrupts good character.'"
 
2. False teachers (2 John 1:10).
"If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them."

3. Professing Christians with sinful lifestyles (1 Corinthians 5:11).
"You must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler."

4. Divisive people (Titus 3:10-11).
"If people are causing divisions among you, give a first and second warning. After that, have nothing more to do with them...."
4 Types of People God Tells Us To Avoid. Scripture explains why.

We shouldn't avoid unbelievers (1 Corinthians 5:9-11), but neither should we partner with them (2 Corinthians 6:14).
"Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?"

Let's heed these warnings.
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Note: God has given us specific instructions to honor our parents. We need not respect their lifestyle choices or closely associate with them if they are immoral, but we must show them respect out of our love for God and His commands. For more on this subject: Let's Grow Up!

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4 Types of People God Tells Us To Avoid. Scripture explains why.


4 Types of People God Tells Us To Avoid. Scripture explains why.





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23 comments:

  1. This is the truth the way and the life and i myself know the bible but yet i had did the oppostion and know i am hurting to a point of coming out of God calling i must turn myself around and say lord forgive me of sinning against you and you alone i am ashame and guilty but Jesus died for all of our sins repent is to turn away ask for forgiveness and sin no more i can trust God for bringing me up once again Amen

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    1. You have made that important first step, dear friend - repentance. God bless you as you make your way back to the safety of His loving arms.

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  2. Dear Gail,

    Thank you, ma'am, for these messages and for all you do.
    Very much appreciated.

    Dave

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  3. First, praying for you Anonymous.

    Great points to have all in one spot. Pinning this one. Surprised, however, & happy, there aren't negative posts on this one. We may not like it, just as kids we didn't like our parents rules. But these are our Heavenly Father's rules for our own good.

    If your business deals are failing, with whom are you dealing...
    unbelievers? You can be unequally yoked in business too.

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  4. Whenever I try to avoid these types of people, they always try to say I'm judging them. How can I point out to them, their sins?

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    1. That's a tough question, Dawn. The only good answer I can give is to ask the Lord to help you in your dealings with them. There may be a time to fully explain your reasons for avoiding them and other times to just avoid directly explaining. I pray God will give you wisdom.

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  5. to me God is saying dont let non believers make you doubt your faith. Non believers need friends too

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  6. What a great reading and how timely for me today. Thank you and Thank You GOD for Your Word.

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  7. This is so powerful, I pray God Will lead me in the ways of the righteousness and direct my footsteps that I may be able to discern unwanted energy.

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  8. Is there a difference between a heretic and a false teacher? If so, what? Also, could you give me some examples of causing divisions?

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    1. I think a false teacher would also be called a heretic because he/she is teaching heresy. Causing divisions is typically done by people who insist that a non-essential doctrine is an essential doctrine or by people who misuse Scripture to fit their false teachings.

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  9. Thank you so much. Praise the Lord for teaching me this today.😊

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  10. Thank you for the devotions, It was blessing.

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    1. Dear Unknown, I don't know your problem, but the Lord does. If you don't know Jesus as your Lord, I pray that you will commit your life to Him. And whatever problems you have, I pray that God will give you guidance, comfort, courage, and strength to do what is right. In Jesus Name.

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  12. Dear Gail. I trust you're well on that side of the world. I too new prayer more especially for my 10 old Joshua. He recently has seizure for the first time in his life. Tests were done and they came back clear. But he's been complaining about headache and he's been vomiting. He's got an appointment on the 29for a CT scan. The Drs as assuming that he could have brain tumor. I don't want to accept that but when I read through what CT scans can are used for and as well tumor symptoms, I noticed that he has those signs. Please pray for him I'll truly appreciate your support . We're in Durban South Africa.

    Stay blessed man.

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    1. Dear Cyril, I pray that your son will be healed of this problem. And I pray that, no matter what happens, you will hold tightly to the Lord, feeling His comfort, guidance, and love for you and your son. In Jesus Name.

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  13. Professing christian with a sinful lifestyle is what we see in the world now. Peole like myself who is weigh down with one sin or the other and trying pretty hard to stop. As a Catholic I'm most thankful for the sacrament of reconciliation and i strongful pray daily to overcome the temptation to sin and fellowship daily in spirit with my heavenly father. Thanks for this post.

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  14. Amen!loved your devotional. I have discovered this lesson within the last year. Don't let the world confuse you. Always seek gods wisdom.

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