As I was reading John Chapter 8 this was the first word that came into my mind.Depending on the context compromise can be a good thing or it can be a bad thing. When it comes to our faith and our relationship with God compromise can quickly snowball into something that can have a negative effect on our lives
In John Chapter 8 Jesus is confronted by religious leaders and faced with a question about a woman caught in adultery. They are attempting to trap him or to get him to compromise on what he knows is truth and what God has spoken to him. Throughout this week's reading we see various people trying to get Jesus to compromise, to make a mistake or looking for him to do something wrong. Jesus' response is always true to who he is and what he is called to do.
What we can learn from Jesus in this passage is that we need to listen to the truth that God is speaking to us and to not compromise in different situations in our lives. This can apply to any area. In school it can be making the decision to follow through on a reading assignment. In college it can be embracing the fact that God has brought you to that college for a reason and a purpose. It can be easy to compromise when we feel alone but Jesus was never alone because he was in constant communication with his Father. It was from God the Father that he received his identity and calling.
I want to encourage you if you're feeling like compromising, go back to the truth that God has spoken into your life.You are chosen. You have a purpose. You have something to give. You have something important to say. God has called each one of us to many different things. Its time to stand up and step into that calling. Jesus was uncompromising and relentless in following his call. Lets follow his example.
By Philip Day
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