You need to nip this thing in the bud, Andy.
Anytime Deputy Barney Fife felt there was any kind of threat to the peace in Mayberry, that was his advice to Andy. And it could serve us well too.
Nip Covetousness in the bud
Exodus 20:17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
This is a dangerous thing. If we did not covet, we will not commit adultery with our neighbor’s wife, we would not steal his goods, we would not feel the need to kill for them. There would be no idols. Something becomes and idol when it becomes more important than God, but if we do not covet them, then they will not be more important than God.
We need to nip it in the bud.
Watch Who We Hang Out With
1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
- The well intentioned girl who feels if she can get her boyfriend saved he would be a great husband. What happens? He pulls her down to his level.
- The man who wants his old friends to know God, so he goes into the bars to witness to them. What happens? He gets drunk.
It is like having one rotten apple in the bushel. Do all the good apples get the bad apple ripe again, or does the bad apple spread it’s disease to the other apples?
Yes, the bad apple ruins all the other apples in the bushel. You have to remove the bad apple to stop its disease from spreading.
Not that we do not love, care about and witness to the lost, we want them saved, but light has no fellowship with darkness. We can be friends but not too friendly. We need to be a helper but not an enabler.
We need to be close enough to care, to help but not to the point where it effects us negatively in our walk (do not use this as an excuse to do nothing. God did not call us to Him to just sit on the sidelines and do nothing). We need to be compassionate without getting caught up in the sin of others. It is a fine line but when we cross it, We need to nip it in the bud.