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00188 - What you compromise to keep, you lose

Updated: Mar 10, 2023

James 4:17 says ‘Anyone who knows the right thing to do, but does not do it, is sinning’. (NCV) It’s a tough scripture, but does hit the nail on the head.

Compromise is not illegal, I know many married couples that have built their marriage around it. That kind of compromise is built on agreement, mutual respect and love.

Yet most of the time, compromise is where we let go of our values, our dreams, our vision and promise. The result is the loss of what we aspire to and held dear. Having the determination to push through will enable us to rescue the risk of loss. Bad compromise is a tumour to the hope of the soul, we all must stick to what God has given us and press through right to the end without giving away our spiritual birthright for perhaps a few slightly easier ‘difficult’ conversations.


Bad compromise is a tumour to the hope of the soul.


Lord, help me have the courage to continue, the fortitude to say I will and the faith to see things through, Amen.

Action Point

None of this is easy, but sticking to your core values is a lifelong pursuit. Try and do what’s best.

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Copyright notices

(NCV) The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Use in other publications. You can use upto 100 words of this publication with a reference to by Carl Brettle.

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