Be that new person who was made to be like God, truly good and pleasing to him. Ephesians 4:24 ERV
The Apostle Paul was a writer of letters that provided guidance to believers and followers of God. It is a fact of life that we are exposed to the declining morals and values of our society; even so, as Christians we must not assimilate as chameleons, changing ourselves to adapt to our environments.
How do you identify yourself? Are you assertive or passive?
Some children are born with strong, assertive personalities while others may have passive qualities which either result in quiet strength or giving in to the persuasion of others. It is likely the child will possess those same traits as he/she grows and develops into adulthood.
Regardless of our personalities, we have a natural desire to be accepted in our relationships with our families, our social circles, among our coworkers, and even in our marriages. There is a phrase, “Go along to get along.” Certainly, there are times when it is easier to just go with the flow because we fear exclusion or being labeled as disagreeable. Our humanity is revealed everytime we are faced with making the choice to choose good over evil, right vs wrong, and when truth overshadows error. How we choose to live is based on our decision to please God or to seek acceptance from others.
If you are facing the dilemma of choosing the world over God–reflect on the times that you have remained silent when you should have verbalized peaceful opposition to the presenting situation–compromise usually results in enmity against God.
God anticipated our desire to be accepted, and He lovingly provided guidelines on the way we should live as believers.
Ephesians 4:17-23 ERV reads:
“I have something from the Lord to tell you. I warn you: Do not continue living like those who do not believe. Their thoughts are worth nothing. They have no understanding, and they know nothing because they refuse to listen. So they cannot have the life that God gives. They have lost their feeling of shame and use their lives to do what is morally wrong. More and more they want to do all kinds of evil. But that way of life is nothing like what you learned when you came to know Christ. I know that you heard about him, and in him you were taught the truth. Yes, the truth is in Jesus. You were taught to leave your old self. This means that you must stop living the evil way you lived before. That old self gets worse and worse, because people are fooled by the evil they want to do. You must be made new in your heart and in your thinking. Be that new person who was made to be like God, truly good and pleasing to him.”
God instructed the Apostle Paul to write the Book of Ephesians as guidance and instruction to the believers in Ephesus where he had established a ministry. Ephesians teaches believers how to remain faithful by practicing godly principles in our lives regardless of the problems in our homes, workplaces, and communities.
We do not have to compromise! God will always provide when we stand for His truth. Do not be concerned with exclusion or labels; we have more important duties in our Christian walk with God, and that is to remain faithful by obedience, to witness by sharing the plan of Salvation, and preparing ourselves for Eternal life.
Prayer for today: Dear God, We ask you to give us the strength to never compromise against your principles of truth. From this day forward, we commit to pleasing only you through obedience and living a faith-based life. We ask you to forgive us of our sins and shortcomings. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayers. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019