No Compromise

I’m back at last. What a journey these last twelve weeks have been for me. I have been tested in ways I did not anticipate as I attempted to serve my family. I was glad I did.

There was a now deceased Christian music artist known as Keith Green. He wrote a song called “I Make My Life a Prayer to You.” The first verse goes:

Make my life a prayer to You,
I want to do what you want me to,
No empty words and no white lies,
No token prayers, no compromise,
I want to shine the light you gave,
Through Your Son, you sent to save us,
From ourselves and our despair,
It comforts me to know you’re really there.

It is the third and fourth line that gets me crying every time:

No empty words and no white lies,
No token prayers, no compromise,

It is too easy to compromise. With that I had to just cut out some friends from my life, both new and old. It was tough. It hurt. But I am all the better for it.

It was Jesus that said:

[Mat 5:29-30 ESV] 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.

The short story was I found my self wanting to fit in with others more than be open about who I was. I lost some new friends as a result. But life is to short to go around pretending to be someone. So I look forward to having come through the crucible of God’s refining fire to be both compassionate and bold about my faith at the same time. Jesus was not afraid to be both and look at who he had as friends, prostitutes and thieves. But they still loved him because as the old chorus “Oh How I Love Jesus” goes ” . . . because He first loved me.”

As always, love much my friends, but in loving much, make your life a prayer as well:

No empty words and no white lies,
No token prayers, no compromise,

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