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No Compromise — 33 Comments

  1. Wow this was/is AWESOME Sis… Its exactly what has happened with my Hubb's and i during some of our business trips.. I just end up feeling somehow let down.. Then I kick myself, and Kent and I end up praying quietly right then and there for those we see or hear that are in need. There was a couple in a market a time back that were just being loud and cussing at each other as they shopped, just being very crude to each other… It was sad…So we prayed..
    I am so upset when it seems compromise would be easier,,,but that just gets me wanting to stand up and walk the walk even better… I wasted enough years of compromising already…We need to always be aware of who may be watching and KNOW that Jesus ALWAYS is…You know,, would I being doing this if Jesus was right here… Wait a sec. He is….
    Praising Him for just that!!!
    More Hugs Sweetie…

  2. Very eye opening! Thank you for posting!!
    I'm definitely going to make more of a concsious effort to be more Christ-like in all of actions!

  3. Thank you so much for the kind comment. Sometimes I feel all alone out here in blog land but I believe that He is using it, in a way, to heal my heart.

  4. sometimes it is a situation like that to make
    us evaluate our own lives. where have i
    compromised and let part of me live apart
    from Him?

    that is a dangerous place to live, and i pray
    that sweet young couple will soon be drawn
    deeper into Him.

  5. Wow. Awesome post — and very convicting! It is easy to forget that people are watching. We need to remember as Christians to reflect His light. We might be the only example of a Christ follower that those seeing us have ever known. Let's make that example count for the good. As I go through my day today, I am going to be consciously aware of how I may be perceived. Thank you for the reminder to always show His love and not to compromise our faith.

    Living for Him, Joan

  6. WOW Barbie, looks like you "hit a nerve" with a lot of folks! You have a beautiful way with words and are such a blessing! Thanks for pricking my heart this evening!

  7. WOW Barbie, looks like you "hit a nerve" with a lot of folks! You have a beautiful way with words and are such a blessing! Thanks for pricking my heart this evening!

  8. WOW Barbie, looks like you "hit a nerve" with a lot of folks! You have a beautiful way with words and are such a blessing! Thanks for pricking my heart this evening!

  9. Well I am sure I can not add any more to what has been said above,so I say a strong "Amen" and thanks for this convicting post. I do believe God allows these times (over hearing conversations, or conversations said to us) to teach us just like the stories we read in His word…it is for our growth.
    Thanks for the reminder to not compromise.

  10. I'm discovering that wimping out is a compromise too.

    But I want to walk in faith and in the light.

    Always with Him.

    Sweet dreams.

  11. The world is watching and we must be salt and light. I frequently tell this to my children: "You help my light to shine by obedience and respect." Thank you for this challenging post.

  12. Great thoughts that applied to right where I am today.

    Today is my birthday which always makes me reflective. How have I grown in Christ? Am I serving His purpose? I watched a Bible study video of Beth Moore this morning and she shared Luke 13:13. Jesus heals a woman, but she had to accept that healing and stand up, which she did followed by praising God. I sometimes think I'm waiting for God to do all the work, but He's asking for me to do my part. I've been so inconsistent, but He is teaching me. I want His healing and purpose to be evident in my life, but, like you said, we have to tend the vine. Great questions. I think I have a tv show I've got to give up. Thanks.

  13. "Would someone question why I brought a Bible into the room?"

    …ouch…

    …but thank you!!…

    Great post, as always!
    Bina

  14. Wow, I feel convicted myself. What a tremendous revelation for this day – I am going to stop and take inventory myself. Barbie, truly inspirational…really!

  15. Amen!!! And it's amazing how just a little compromise leads to a little more and a little more until you are eventually a person you no longer recognize.

  16. very good post today. It makes you think, really think about how you live and breath and represent your life. What does my life actions say to those who are looking. To even those who are seeing me for the first time, in starbucks as I get my morning coffee. What do I say to them? Thanks for making me think.

  17. Me too Barbie! I thank Him that he reminds me in little & big ways that I'm far from perfect…but to keep my eyes on the ONE WHO IS!

    I just vented to a friend about a situation my HS daughter's experienced today with a Christian leader (who doesn't always act like one)!
    Both that circumstance and your story helped me put into perspective MY OWN SHORTCOMINGS and who may be watching them.
    Thanks!

  18. Translation for me is my kids see and hear {also mirror} everything I do. I think that's God's way of saying i've got my eye on you through your kids. It totally keeps me working on my walk with God. I don't want to be their reason for stumbling. I laugh when I heard the story of Joyce Meyer leading a bible study while smoking her cigs b/c that was basically me when I was young. Older and more humble I totally think compromise is not an option. More Lord!

  19. EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT POST!

    Thank you, Barbie, for leading me back to the truth and looking at my life.

    Rachel

  20. Barbie,
    What a great post! You touched on so many subjects that are so true! I found myself as I was reading this post questioning myself and my relationship with the LORD…if I brought my BIBLE in would I be walking the walk and talking the talk…I sure hope so…I do not curse, maybe very very very rarely but I do not, I have to experienced a situation where a couple who claim to be full Christians talk the talk but they party, and curse, and our not nice to people and it saddens me but I try not to let myself judge it…it is hard not to like you said but I just try to focus on me and my relationship and my families relationship with the LORD. I know it can always be stronger and for that I am always working on…Im not perfect…

    Love this post

    xoxo
    Sums

  21. Hi Barbie, What a deep thought inspiring post today-makes me take a second look at my own heart and life. Often it is so easy to look at others and see how they fall short but I should first look at the plank in my own eye.
    Thank you for sharing today.
    Hugs, Noreen

  22. i have been thinking as well about the witness of my life. i have been thinking about what it means to be righteous. what does it mean to have whole-hearted love? many times i have wanted to claim i have this, but i have so far to go. we need His grace every day to choose Him and His kingdom above our own fleeting desires.

  23. Very deep!
    I find where I stumble most often is with my family, well my son in particular. We clash and then after he has mouthed off at me I tend to retort and then repent. 🙁 It is a minute by minute challenge that God has given me and I find I most often stumble and fall rather than do what He tells me to do.

    The verses that come to my mind often and I guess I could consider it my life verse is 2 Corinthians 4:6-18
    6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

    7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

    13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

    16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

    Thanks for sharing this Barbie. I think I need to spend sometime with God searching His heart. Please keep me in your prayers.

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  24. What a fantastic read, Barbie. You are dead on it. Multiple times EVERYDAY we are faced with the choice ~ Will I live completely souled out to Him or will I live seeing how close to the line I can live (with an occasional and purposeful crossover).

    Thank you being aware and being sensitive to Him.

  25. That was such a good post, Barbie! I frequently wonder how I appear to others. Do I reflect the light of Christ? What should I do to better show the love of God in my life? How should I dress? Speak? Spend my time? So many different opinions about what it means to be a follower of Christ. I constantly ask Him what he wants of me.

  26. What a thought provoking post! Thanks for this wonderful reminder!

    Just remember, that if you're trying your best, but just so happen to mess up, Jesus will always offer forgiveness.

    I love how talked about all of the problems, but then at the end, you praised God. That just reminds me to remember to THANK him for things, and not just complain or ask for things, because we truly do have much more to thank him for then we do to complain about.

    Sorry for such a long comment 🙂

  27. I have always been envious of people that are reborn into love of Christ. I understand that because I have always known His love that I take it for granted on some days. You live intentionally. It is inspiring. We should never judge; for that is only up to God. People speak words that they don't mean all the time. Only God knows what is in our hearts, souls, and life. However it sounds as if your heart beats strong and true for the Glory of God. That alone is a beacon for others to see and we can all take communion together- brothers and sisters in humanity.

    Thank you for sharing this with me (all of us) It is a wonderful reminder to put Him first.

  28. Do I represent Christ well in my life?
    Do I walk the walk, not just talk the talk?
    Do others see me as a friend of God?
    Would someone question why I brought a Bible into the room?
    Is my speech uplifting others and glorying God?

    I have asked these same question myself. Thanks for this post. Like you said, we should never compromise.

    Love your blog. I am following your blog. God bless you…

    http://todrawneargod.blogspot.com

  29. great post. i think you were to pray for that couple 🙂 it is good to take inventory, lots of great stuff 🙂 grace, grace, thank You Jesus for grace 🙂

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