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There is dignity in marriage, but it takes the right character to attract it. Character commands unction, unction commands dignity. Character crisis is the reason for failure in marriages. This is why I will be teaching on: Christian Character for a Sweet Home.

Today, I will be sharing with you an aspect of living that makes for a successful marital life – Keep the Right Company!

Companionship is the relationship between friends, who share similar tastes, interest and views.

It is impossible to amount to anything outside the company you keep. You cannot expect to live a better life than your companions, if they are truly your friends. This explains why the Bible says: He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed (Proverbs 13:20).

A friend is someone you and your family relate intimately with.  He/she is someone you identify with, share common experience and bare your mind to.  This simply shows that not everybody is a friend. So, you need to always use the Word of God in selecting your friends.

The Bible says, he who keeps company with wise men will be wise, but a companion of fools will not only be foolish, but will ultimately be destroyed(Proverbs 13:20). Some Christians fail to understand that one cannot mingle with every believer, because they call themselves your family friend.

Who is your family friend? You cannot be a Christian and your family friend is an unbeliever or a Muslim. What company do you have with an unbeliever? Anyone who is lacking in Christian character should never be your family friend. You must obey the command in 2 Thessalonians 3:6, which says: …That ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly…

So many call themselves family friends, but they have not disciplined themselves, to refrain from certain habits. I believe that the choice of your family friend does not only affect what the future of your marital life will be, but it could also determine the success or failure of your marriage. Hence your family’s vision, goal or target in life should determine your choice of friends.

As a believer who desires a right family, you must decide to dissociate from every friend that thinks or talks contrary to the Word of God. Have a good family friend and your marital life will be moulded.  May God bring you in contact with friends that will skyrocket you and your family to their place in destiny!  May you never keep a company that will keep you away from God!

The type of company you keep will either make or break your marriage. It was a friend that made Ammon, David’s son to commit incest (2 Samuel 13:1-4).  He later paid for the wrong company he kept with his life.

Most couples, who find themselves in all forms of evil today, got into them via wrong company.  One major reason why couples mingle with the wrong company is because they are not bold enough to identify with the Lord Jesus Christ. Let people know your stand for God. Go to Church together, pray together, and engage in Christian functions together.  Your marriage shall not fail in Jesus name!

In case you don’t know how to choose your family friend, ask God in prayer and He will give you direction.  Disallow your spouse, children etc., from keeping wrong company. This is because the effect of the company you keep will sooner or later affect your marriage and family.  Your marriage and family will succeed in Jesus’ name!

Are you born-again? If you are not, you don’t have genuine access to operate the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). So say this prayer: “Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today as a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. I believe You died and rose on the third day for my sins.  I accept You as my Lord and Saviour.  Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”

Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you in Jesus’ Name! Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through contact@faithoyedepo.org; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.

For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).

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