... a weekly letter of encouragement.
September 6, 1993
"Every man has his price." O really? QUESTION: "Do you have a price you are willing to pay to enjoy comfort over conflict when Biblical principles are at stake?
Martin Luther faced this dilemma when challenged by his religious hierarchy:
Religious leader to Luther: "I ask you Martin...Do you or do you not repudiate your books...?"
Luther: "My conscience is captive to the word of God. I cannot and I
will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor
safe. God help me. HERE I STAND. I cannot do otherwise. Amen."
Peter on the other hand chose comfort over conflict when challenged at Jesus' trial:
Servant-girl: "You were with Jesus the Galilean."
Peter: "I do not know what you are talking about."
Another servant - girl: "This man was with Jesus the Nazarene."
Peter: "I do not know the man (Jesus)."
Bystanders: "Surely you too are one of them..."
Peter: "I do not know the man (Jesus)." (Matthew 26:69 - 74)
So...what price are you willing to pay to ensure comfort over conflict? Ultimately, the answer to that question will be determined by whom you are most concerned with pleasing: God or man.
"For they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God." (John 12:43)
Luther was concerned with God's approval. Thus his decision led to confrontation and conflict...and the Reformation.
Peter by contrast, was more concerned with man's approval. Thus his decision led to conformity and (temporary) comfort...and to deep Repentance.
So what is your price? Or do you have one?
Have a great week!
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