Day 240/260: Read Revelation 2
Compromise is often condemned in God’s Word. We can live together in unity and disagree in matters of opinion, but when it comes to revealed truth, there can be no compromise.
The church at Ephesus had fallen by leaving their first love. Jesus commands them to repent and return to “the first works.” Get back to doing the work of the Lord!
The church at Pergamos had some who held to doctrines of Balaam and the Nicolaitans, doctrines that Christ said He hated. They were stumbling blocks, preventing those disciples from living lives of purity.
The church at Thyatira also allowed the infiltration of false doctrine to lead some astray into sexual immorality and idolatry. They wanted to be Christians, but didn’t want to give up worldly pleasures.
What happens when we stand fast? Look no further than what Jesus told His people in Smyrna. “Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days.” We are taught from the very beginning of Jesus’ ministry that faithful Christians will be persecuted (Matthew 5:10-12; John 15:18-19).
Remember, the reward in eternity will far exceed any trouble we face in this life.
Memory (Recite to a friend without looking)
1 John 5:4. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
Pray for strength in the face of tribulation and persecution.