Contact With Abusers

O My Son! The company of the ungodly increaseth sorrow, whilst fellowship with the righteous cleanseth the rust from off the heart.

Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words, Persian 56

O Son Of Dust! Beware! Walk not with the ungodly and seek not fellowship with him, for such companionship turneth the radiance of the heart into infernal fire.

Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words, Persian 57

Treasure the companionship of the righteous and eschew all fellowship with the ungodly.

Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words, Persian 3

O ye beloved of the Lord! The kingdom of God is founded upon equity and justice, and also upon mercy, compassion, and kindness to every living soul. Strive ye, then, with all your heart to treat compassionately all humankind - except for those who have some selfish, private motive, or some disease of the soul. Kindness cannot be shown the tyrant, the deceiver, or the thief, because, far from awakening them to the error of their ways, it maketh them to continue in their perversity as before. No matter how much kindliness ye may expend upon the liar, he will but lie the more, for he believeth you to be deceived, while ye understand him but too well, and only remain silent out of your extreme compassion.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Divine Art of Living, p. 74

On the other hand there are some persons whose very respiration extinguishes the light of faith; whose conversation weakens firmness and steadfastness in the Cause of God; whose company diverts one's attention from the kingdom of Abhá.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Star of the West, Vol. 8, No. 2, p. 25

Smooth and insidious are these snakes, these whisperers of evil, artful in their craft and guile. Be ye on your guard and ever wakeful! . . . Act ye with all circumspection!

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 314