According to the American Heritage Dictionary, the word compromise means: n. 1. Settlement of differences in which each side makes concessions. 2. Something that combines qualities of different things. v. -mised, -mising. 1a. To settle by concessions. B. To make a compromise. 2. To expose to danger, suspicion, or disrepute.
No matter the area of life it be, whether work, relationships, money or any other area, some type of compromise is needed at some time or another.
For example, compromise can be as simple and harmless as finding ourselves in the midst of a fabulous recipe but discover at the last moment that we are missing real butter the recipe calls for. Knowing how using real butter effects a recipe and wanting our dish to be the best it can be causes us to scurry to the refrigerator in hopes of a surprise stick of butter waiting to be found. When we confirm we don’t have butter but we do have margarine, our hope turns to disappointment mixed with relief. We quickly finish the recipe focusing on what we are getting and not what we are lacking, while thinking, “Ah, this substitute has similar qualities and I will get a satisfactory outcome.”
We compromised our ingredients and got what we wanted at the moment.
Now I know this is simply cooking ingredients we are talking about but compromise is part of our everyday life. For example, two people going to the movies together. One wants to see something fun and light while the other is excited about the newest Sci-fi flick. If they are going to see a movie together, there will be a compromise of some type from one or both.
We can also apply the concept of compromise to our dating relationships, work ethics, job opportunities, friendships, activities, social life, our words, the conversations we choose to participate in, even the movies, television and music we listen to.
The list can go on…and on…and on…
The truth is: Satan is working against our relationship with Jesus. All he wants is to take Jesus’ place in our lives. His goal is to get us to compromise our faith and for us to settle for what he has to offer.
When we fall for this age-old game, it usually takes us a while to “wake up” and realize what we have allowed to happen. Realizing we settled for a compromise of something a lot less than Jesus when we compromised His value for what the world has to offer.
At times, compromising is something we need to do. But we need to be focused and alert, so our compromise is glorifying the Lord and not compromising our relationship with Him.