Matthew 16:26

And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? (NLT)

I am sure this is a familiar verse to a lot of people.  We often think about it in terms of financial gain.  Some of the evil that some have done to become wealthy has to be done at the cost of that person's soul.  I am not so sure that this concept is only applicable to wealth.  What if you had a friendship?  A friendship that you had to compromise a part of who you are in order to maintain it.  If your friend insisted that you stop being who you are.  It could be a career where you have to choose to make immoral decisions in order to maintain your job.  It could be as simple as committing to a career path, that your heart is not in because you have a family to take care of.  God desires his children to be all that he has gifted them to be.  We should never have to surrender any part of that.

If the friends that you associate with are not comfortable with your faith, then is it worth it to maintain those friendships?  I am not talking about avoiding being friends with non-Christians, but I am saying you should only be friends with non-Christians that will respect your faith.  You shouldn't have to forfeit a part of yourself for a friendship.  You could have all the friends in the world, but what would it benefit you if at night you can't live with yourself.

How important is that job?  Do you need it that bad?  Can't you do the same work somewhere else.  Somewhere your moral stand will not threaten your job.  No job is so great that you should surrender the peace of mind of following your conscience.  If you are being forced to choose between your conscience and a career, then it should really be an easy question to answer.

Integrity is what you do when no one is looking.  It can be a costly thing to live who you really are.  You may be rejected by others or suffer other consequences.  In the end, you will have to answer to God for your choices.  No one else will be there to answer how you decided to forfeit yourself for something less than worthy.  At the end of the day, you will feel good about acting rightly.  You will sleep better, and you will no that you have made the right decision.


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