Don’t Compromise Your Faith
Tuesday, 14th of March 2023
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Categories : Compromise
14 I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do. (John 17:14-16 NLT)
As Christians, we are called to be in the world but not of the world. (John 17) We are called to love our neighbours, even our enemies, but this does not mean that we are to assimilate ourselves with those who do not share our values and beliefs.
In today's world, it is increasingly common for Christians to work with or be around individuals who do not respect the Scriptures and even persecute them for their beliefs. This can be challenging for Christians, as this can affect their spiritual discernment and walk with God. This does not mean that we should isolate ourselves from the world, but rather that we should be intentional about the company we keep.
Compromise involves going just a little bit below what you know is right. The Bible refers to such compromises as the "little foxes that spoil the vine" (Song of Solomon 2:15). This is why our faithfulness, especially in the little things, matters so much.
But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God. (Daniel 6:10)
Daniel's story serves as a prime example of how faithfulness can lead to promotion. Despite facing the threat of death, Daniel refused to compromise his beliefs. By doing so, he opened the door to becoming one of the most powerful men in Persia.
A person who refuses to compromise is someone whom God can trust with bigger and bigger opportunities in life. It is important to note that God is not the only one who takes notice of such individuals. Others are also paying attention, whether they be employers, colleagues, or peers.
Compromising can also ruin your witness to a lost and dying world, as James 4:4 (ESV) warns: "Whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God." As Christians, we have a great responsibility that comes with our salvation, knowledge of the truth, and blessed position as children of the Most High God.
While we must certainly respect the people around us, we must not compromise our biblical values and beliefs.
Give me grace to refuse compromising Your Word even when it may seem difficult or unpopular. I want to be trustworthy in your eyes. Make my life a reflection of your love and truth, shining bright in this dark world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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