Stay away from every kind of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:22
I will borrow a line from the Broadway Musical 'Hamilton' for my title. Sometimes doing something one time whether good or bad may become a pastime. If it is hanging around wrong influences that is not such a good thing but if it is starting a diet, starting to exercise, or getting into word of God habit, then it is a good thing.
As 2017 draws nearer have you made resolutions yet to change certain things in your life? Do some of them involve getting rid of wrong pastimes? The Holy Spirit convicts each person of what needs to occur in their life.
Today why not reflect on 2016 and purpose in your heart things you will do next year to get on the right path or to stay on an even stronger path. Don't allow wrong influences to corrupt your morals or beliefs. Be firm yet loving. Pray for those who don't necessarily agree with you. Keep your mouth from saying mean or ugly things even if the person doesn't hear you. In other words start 2017 out being Christlike and try to maintain that all year long.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus I thank you for the times I have had to learn lessons the hard way even though not pleasant. I thank you that you extend grace and mercy to we sinners who often fall short of your glory. In Jesus' name. Amen.