3/20/2022 Without Compromise ~Deaconess Michelle Tam

Have you ever done something that you knew was wrong but you did it anyway because it was an easier or more popular choice? If you have, were there any consequences? It may not seem like a big deal at the time but compromises have a way of gaining traction in our lives when it goes unchecked. Most of us, regardless of age, have felt the sting of

consequences from even small compromises in our lives. In turn, we also learn valuable lessons from those moments when we compromise. God’s grace is always enough but there are still consequences to our actions. And unfortunately, some consequences can follow you for the rest of your lives.

Not all compromises are bad. We can definitely “agree to disagree” or “give in” when those things are over opinions and preferences. And sometimes compromises are even necessary and good. What we need to remember is that when it involves giving up God’s Truth then we should not compromise. Adam and Eve were the first compromisers. They chose to believe the words of someone other than God. When Adam ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, he deliberately chose to disobey God. The consequence of his action resulted in death…death for all of us (Romans 5:12 NIV). God demonstrated His mercy and love for Adam and Eve by shedding the blood of innocent animals to cover their sin and nakedness. God didn’t stop there; He made a way for the rest of us to be reconciled with Him through Christ. God’s plan, established before the foundation of the world, made provision for sin by means of the sacrifice of His Son. God made a way for us by redeeming us through the blood of the Lamb who was slain for our sins. Jesus lovingly laid down His life so that we could approach freely a God who cannot coexist with sin. As we draw near to Easter, use this time to reflect on the choices and compromises you’ve made. Humbly go before God to confess and repent and ask for forgiveness. The next time you are tempted to doubt the teachings in Scripture because of another’s opinion, keep in mind that God’s Word is perfect (Psalm 18:30). He expects us to follow His commands and trust what He says – without compromise.

Philippians 1:27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel.

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.

1 Peter 1:18-19 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

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