Matthew 7:16-20, 1 Corinthians 5:11; 2 Timothy 3:1-5

You have heard the expression, “bad apple,” and dictionary.reference.com describes the term as, “A single bad influence can ruin what would otherwise remain good.”  This came to mind when I discovered a bad grape hidden amidst the bunch when preparing breakfast for our kids.  The group of grapes was green, but the bad grape was brown and even had a little mold setting in.  I decided to not even get the grapes that were close to that bad grape, thinking they could soon start looking like that too.

People that are a bad influence on others are like that brown, moldy grape.  Be careful who your kids (and you) call a friend.  He/she may not truly care about you and only want to corrupt or deliberately give bad advice so things don’t go well with you.

Pray that God will give you wisdom to discern who’s a “bad grape.”  Jesus let us know that we should know them by their fruit.

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