Monday, May 6

Compromise and Erosion

My husband and I get emails each morning - from Insight for Living (Charles Swindoll's ministry) and lately, they have been our lifeline as we have been speaking into others lives.  The truth of the matter is - we are NOT the only individuals that speak into someone else's life!  We all speak into lives - not just our families, but others, be it friends, workplace associates, acquaintances who come into your home or your business, etc.  Alvin and I have sensed a very strong call on our lives over the past couple years especially.  I won't get into all of that - but thing is, we have come to realize the importance of grounded, and about being in the word (and we come at that in different ways, like each of us studies the Word of God differently, yet we all receive a blessing and the words of truth!!), and the importance of prayer, and also the importance of confession daily, as none of us are without sin!

ANYHOW ... for the past little while, we have been looking forward to each morning, as we check our email, whether on the computer or on the ipod - to see what we have been sent today!!  Alvin checked his ipod this morning while he was getting ready to leave for work, and then told me he had left it open for me to read as "it is such a good one" were his words as he kissed me good-bye.

This email - called Compromise and Erosion spoke into our hearts today.  This is the life that I want to lead.  This is the life I want to call others to.  (Oh Lord, help me to live a life that is of wholehearted devotion to you!!)  Help me Lord, to live a life of NO COMPROMISE in regards to you and my faith journey.

I hope it is okay for me to post it here.  it says that we can share it - so here it is.  Perhaps it is for you today too.

Compromise and Erosion
by Charles R. Swindoll
The Hebrews' ancient hymnal begins with a song that addresses one of life's most common grinds: compromise. Please understand, I'm not referring to those give-and-take times so necessary for living in harmony with one another. Without that healthy kind of compromise, nations could never find a meeting ground for peaceful coexistence and family members would forever be at each other's throats.

I'm thinking, rather, of compromising with wrong, allowing the slow-moving tentacles of evil to wrap themselves around us, squeezing the joys and rewards of obedience from our lives. It happens so silently, so subtly, we hardly realize it's taking place. Like an enormous oak that has decayed for years from within and then suddenly falls, those who permit the eroding grind of compromise can expect an ultimate collapse.

I recall reading years ago of the construction of a city hall and fire station in a small northern Pennsylvania community. All the citizens were so proud of their new red brick structure---a long-awaited dream come true. Not too many weeks after moving in, however, strange things began to happen. Several doors failed to shut completely and a few windows wouldn't slide open very easily. As time passed, ominous cracks began to appear in the walls. Within a few months, the front door couldn't be locked since the foundation had shifted, and the roof began to leak. By and by, the little building that was once the source of great civic pride had to be condemned. The culprit proved to be a controversial coal extraction process called "longwall mining," deep in the earth beneath the foundation. Soil, rock, and coal had been removed by the tons so that the building sat on a foundation that had no support of its own. Because of this man-made erosion, the building began to sink.

So it is with compromise in a life. Slowly, almost imperceptibly, one rationalization leads to another, which triggers a series of equally damaging alterations in a life that was once stable, strong, and reliable. That seems to be the concern of the psalmist as he composes his first song, which encourages us to resist even the slightest temptation to compromise our convictions.

The Passage and Its Pattern

The First Psalm is brief and simple, direct and profound. Even a casual reading of these six verses leads us to see that it is filled with contrasts between two different walks of life---the godly and the ungodly. A simple yet acceptable outline of Psalm 1 would be:
I. The Godly Life (Psalm 1:1-3)
II. The Ungodly Life (1:4-6)
Written between the lines of this ancient song is evidence of the age-old battle in which all of us are engaged: compromise---the erosion of our good intentions.

Adapted from Charles R. Swindoll, Living the Psalms: Encouragement for the Daily Grind (Brentwood, Tenn.: Worthy Publishing, a division of Worthy Media, Inc., 2012). Copyright © 2012 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights are reserved. 

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