John 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

Jesus could have chosen not to say the things he said to his followers. He could have found alternative niceties, even ‘sweet nonsense’ to keep the crowd hooked. But here He was instead revealing blunt truths to them. The outcome was expected then- he lost followers in droves.

There may be certain requirements for which a lack of compromise on our part will mean we lose some connections and relationships. Yet, if they are words our listeners ought to hear, then we ought to speak them in love regardless.

There are surely many things we can compromise to attain: wealth, some relationships, or fame. But whatever we compromise to gain, we are likely to lose. Those who accept the truth, it’s correction and learn from it are those who will be found with us at the end of our walk. So neither compromise nor lower your standards.


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