Standing Firm

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.  And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
1 John 2:15-17 (NKJV)
The more you seek to live for Jesus and the more you press to keep His Word, the more opposition from the enemy you will receive. The one thing I have tried to do over the years is to be firm in my position on a given matter without being obnoxious. The world, especially in our culture today, is very adept at trying desperately to squeeze any notion of mind-independent, objective truth.

The more you seek to live for Jesus and the more you press to keep His Word, the more opposition from the enemy you will receive. The one thing I have tried to do over the years is to be firm in my position on a given matter without being obnoxious. The world, especially in our culture today, is very adept at trying desperately to squeeze any notion of mind-independent, objective truth.Telling the truth and standing for it, however calmly or meekly one might do it, will earn you the respect of some and the scorn of others. I found a quote from Watchman Nee that is as apropos now as it was the day he wrote it:

When the world meets in us a natural human honesty and
decency, it appreciates this, and is ready to pay us due
respect and place in us its confidence. But as soon as it
meets that in us which is not of ourselves, namely the divine
nature of which we have been made partakers, its hostility
is at once aroused….For let the world evolve as it will, it
can never produce one Christian. It can imitate Christian
honesty, Christian courtesy, Christian charity, yes, but to
produce one single Christian it can never aspire. A so-called
Christian civilization gains the recognition and respect of the
world. The world can tolerate that; it can even assimilate and
utilize that. But Christian life the life of Christ in the Christian
believer: that it hates, and wherever it meets it will assuredly
oppose it to the death. [link]

I ask myself every day if I am willing to stand up for what I believe even if those close to me do not understand it. And every day, God seems to allow situations to come up that will test me on it. He allows the same for the Church. Who we are committed to serving and pleasing, who we truly love, is always reflected in our response to those pressures.

We are Christ-followers. We are to please no one but Him.
 

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