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The Leaven of Compromise

Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough?1 Corinthians‬ ‭5:6‬


My mom used to make homemade rolls and bread. I feel like I have a lot of memories of those but maybe it was just holidays. When I learned how To make them I was amazed at what the little packet of us could do when activated.


This passage is about sexual immorality. Paul shared how it poisons the church. Paul was telling the church to not let the actions of a few in fact the whole body. I have seen this impact many churches. Whether it has been from the head leader or a member. I have seen it handled effectively and I have seen it tear apart churches. I have seen it tear down people. Christ also talked about the religious leaders and their rules as leaven.

I thought about how this passage applies to my own life. I asked myself what leaven I have allowed to activate and to spread in my life. I think complacency has been one that kind of took over. I was still getting into prayer and reading my Bible. I was not pressing into his presence though.


I remember reading a book entitled “The Great Compromise” by Greg Laurie. What I remember about the book is that while we are looking for “big sin,” we fail to recognize how far path we get by just making “little compromises”.


The small compromises we allow with our character, integrity and time get us off track. That is where my complacency is. The small actions that lead me farther away from the path I am supposed to be traveling.


In aviation, there is a rule of thumb known as 1 in 60 rule. For every 1° a plane veers off course, it misses its destination by 1 mile for every 60 miles flown. If you veer off 1° at the equator, you could land 500 miles off target.


That’s why it is so important to stay on the path that God directs. One small compromise in our character or even time came take us places we never intended to travel. Making a decision to go through the motions and not press in, at one time was where I was. I needed to develop a habit of spending time in the Word and prayer. I have that habit now. I need to be abiding in His presence, anything less is a compromise.


Prayer – Lord, thank You for Your mercy and grace that is new every morning. I want to follow Your path. Where I have veered off course Lord, correct me. I want to be obedient to You.

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