Have you ever been faced with an opportunity to make a decision based on the right thing to do and found yourself being less than firm or as by-the-rules as you should have been? Did your conscience prick you, letting you know your decision was in error? Did you compromise, instead of standing firm on the truth? Did you reason it out?
The Bible says, “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes.” Compromise is one of these “little foxes” that spoil the vine. When a person begins to justify themselves instead of the Word of God, compromise, or the spirit of compromise, has them in a snare. People don’t just up and turn from God all at once, but if we search our heart, asking God to show us, and if we can be honest, we will see that it was a gradual slow fade. It started with the smallest of compromises. Compromise is slick and subtle and urges a person to relax in the slightest of ways. In this day and time, with the message of grace that so many preach, the spirit of compromise tells a person, “It’s okay. You’ll be all right. You are under grace.” Not only is it taking God’s grace for granted, but it is also presumptuous in thinking thoughts such as, “I am forgiven anyway, so it won’t matter if I do this or that.”
Another way compromise hurts us is that it results in self-justification, which was a major problem for the Pharisees. Jesus rebuked them for it throughout the gospels. Luke 10:29 says, “But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus …”, and Luke 16:15 says, “Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.”
Have you ever had the Holy Ghost speak to you, but instead of accepting the Word, you searched the Scripture seeking to justify your actions rather than justify the Word? That, friend, is compromise – trying to prove yourself rather than God! We will hear the Word of God, but rather than stop the wickedness we do, we will twist the Word to fit our situation and soothe our conscience, when in fact, we couldn’t be further from the truth. Jesus said that to justify our self is to be highly esteemed before men and an abomination in the sight of God. Yes, God knows that we struggle in this body. It is a fight, but He also knows how to overcome, because He was, in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. God will help a man that helps himself, but not when he refuses the truth by seeking to twist the Word to suit his own desires. In fact, justifying ourselves over God’s Word is comparable to what Lucifer did in making himself greater than God.
The Bible says in John 1:1: “And the Word was God.” It is in black and white. God’s Word is God, and to go against truth, twisting it to justify our own desires over His Word is to elevate ourselves over God. To say in His face, “I know more than you do, God!” is such a slap in His face!
In John 5:39, Jesus said, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” They were searching to prove their own selves, not looking for Him, the one that the Scriptures speak of!
We were given such a treasure in the Bible, God’s own written Word. Please examine yourself to see if you be in the faith. Be ever vigilant. The spirit of compromise is lurking, ever ready to trick and trap those who fall into its clutches. The little foxes will turn into ravenous wolves and lead a person away from God and straight into hell.
Stick fast and hold true to God’s Word – it never fails. It is the same yesterday, today, and forever. It is the standard we all must look to in order to stay victorious in overcoming the evils and sins that so easily beset us when we compromise.
I ask you, is it worth risking eternal damnation just to compromise and justify ourselves?
I sincerely hope not.
Holiness Unto The Lord