“Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards” (Song of Solomon 2:15)
Why do we compromise our beliefs, values, and convictions? We compromise because of comfort and convenience. We give into vices and weaknesses in our life. Others compromise because they’re in conflict. They think they “deserve” something because of the pain they’re in. Whether we realize it or not, areas of compromise will always become a decision of our character.
King Solomon is a great example of this. (Have you read Proverbs?) Wise Solomon fell victim to the same temptation that the rest of us so often face: to compromise in what we think are small concerns or the "gray" areas. The danger in this kind of reasoning is that small compromises weaken character and over time, lead to major sins. Just as we can grow in character little by little, so we can drift away from God in the same way.
Luke 16:10 – “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”
The power and ability to take a big stand happens because we have chosen to serve God in the little decisions we make every day.
Your beliefs, values, and convictions will be tested. They may be tested even today. How do we prepare for this test?
• Know your beliefs and convictions
Exercise for your quiet time: What do I believe in? What do you stand for? What life decisions have you made as you have grown in your faith? What firmly held beliefs do you have based on the authority of God’s Word.
• Determine to honor God in the moment
It would be great to say, “I am going to honor God with this day.” How many have started a day that way, only to disappoint yourself later in the day. My prayer has shifted to, “God help me to honor you in the moment.”
Let’s purpose not to defile ourselves with ungodly choices and behaviors. Ask God to give you the desire and courage to live by your convictions. What I watch, what I listen to, what I put into my mind. I will not participate in this conversation. I don’t like who I am when I am around that person.
I’ve noticed that fear is often the cause of our compromise: fear of criticism, fear of rejection, or maybe the fear of loss.
Remember, anything we may lose in this life because of our faith in Jesus, will be blessed abundantly by God.
James 1:12 - Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
Today’s Challenge: Identify an area of your life in which you have been tempted to compromise your beliefs, values, or convictions. Reaffirm you commitment to your beliefs. Ask God for strength to remain strong in Him.
- Name a few of your beliefs, values, or convictions?
- What threats our convictions and tempts us to compromise?
- What role does fear play in our temptation to compromise?
Recommended Resource: The Daniel Dilemma: How to Stand Firm and Love Well in a Culture of Compromise by Chris Hodges
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