It’s true that politicians must learn the art of compromise to achieve their legislative goals, and compromise exists in good marriages that endure. Businesspeople also make compromises while negotiating win-win deals.

However, Jesus took issue with a first-century church that compromised biblical truth. The church in Pergamum flirted with false teachers and walked in step with the wicked world around them, prompting a scathing letter from Jesus (Revelation 2:12-17).

When God’s people compromise God’s eternal truth, the glorified Jesus appears with a sharp, two-edged sword protruding from His mouth—a reminder that the holy word of God will either slay you like a sword or heal you like a surgeon’s scalpel (Revelation 1:16, 2:12; Hebrews 4:12). If you compromise God’s holy word, beware the sword of the Lord!

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“Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Romans 8:28 MSG