The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis– letter 10

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

1Corinthians 15:33   

In Chapter 10 Screwtape is very pleased with some new friends who have entered “the patient’s” orbit. He encourages Wormwood to use them to undermine godliness and character. Chapter 10 can be downloaded here:

For your reflection:

  • Do you have friends or acquaintances who do not know that you are a Christian? If you have, on occasion, kept your faith a ‘secret’ from them, you might reflect on your motive. In all honesty, why have you done this?
  • Do you have friends whose influence in your life seems to take you further away from the kind of life that you know honours Jesus Christ? Do you have friends whose influence seems to enrich or enhance your discipleship of Jesus Christ?

The apostle Paul writes to the Thessalonians Christians, encouraging them to remember his integrity as a Christian leader, friend and visitor among them. His example is certainly inspiring for us.

1    You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results. 2 We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition. 3 For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. 4 On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. 5 You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. 6 We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority. 7 Instead, we were like young children among you.  Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, 8 so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. 9 Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you. 10 You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. 11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

1 Thessalonians 2:1-12