“The LORD is far from the wicked [and distances Himself from them], But He hears the prayer of the [consistently] righteous [that is, those with spiritual integrity and moral courage].”
PROVERBS 15:29 AMP
Certainly, we all want God to hear our prayers. God promises He will hear them if we are consistently righteous.
I believe it is important we not gloss over the Amplified Bible’s use of the word “consistent.” To be consistent means “constantly adhering to the same principles, course, form, etc.” In other words, we are to maintain uprightness, integrity, and good moral character constantly … not only on Sundays or religious holidays … not only when it is easy … not only when we feel like it … not only when other Christians are watching … but, always.
Sadly, we see so much compromise in the world today. Society, including us Christians, continue to blur the line between what is actually right and wrong. We justify compromise by saying things like, “it is no big deal,” “everyone is doing it,” “no one is watching,” or “times have changed.” Sometimes, we dismiss, or ignore altogether, the dangers of compromise … even when it comes to the “little things” … like gossiping at the lunch table or perusing social media when we are supposed to be working. Just because something seems widely accepted, or does not constitute a major infraction in our minds, however, does not make it right.
When we compromise, we go just below what we know is right. Oftentimes, we compromise just to gain the approval or acceptance of others, or we simply give into emotion. But, at what cost?
As Christians, we cannot be like the world and be an example to the world. 1 Kings 18:21 says, ” … How long will you halt and limp between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him! But if Baal, then follow him . . .” We are told that we must choose. Do we follow Jesus, or do we follow the world?
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