“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9
This post is part of the Five Minute Friday writing challenge, where you write for five minutes on a one word prompt – today’s word is ‘compromise’.
To compromise is to give concession in an argument or disagreement with the aim of being able to reach an agreement. This is not always easy…When my husband and I were dating we had our first argument over whether you should be willing to agree to differ – we didn’t agree!
In our relationships (we learnt) you do need the ability to compromise – family life is dependent on everyone being willing, at times, to compromise on personal preferences. We are not always going to agree on everything. We will have different views, opinions, likes and dislikes based on our character and personality. For a family unit to work together, every day, there has to be a willingness to compromise, while working to be fair and to take everyone’s views into consideration.
However we should not compromise on our integrity, on our core beliefs. There is one relationship that demands our all, our wholehearted commitment, and that is to love the Lord with all of our heart, soul and strength.
Throughout history there are those heroes of faith who stood for what they believed in, who fought for the freedom of speech, and the freedom to practice our faith that we now take for granted. We should not compromise and we should not be complacent – we need to encourage dialogue and discussion with those who have different views from our own, but also to be willing to speak out. That is the challenge, to do what is right in God’s sight, and the challenge today is very real! I pray for the strength, when needed, not to compromise but to be true to the One who gave everything for me…..
Stop – I found that a difficult topic today to try to write something meaningful in just five minutes. I am intrigued to see how everyone else has got on – time to do some reading!