How To Stay Faithful When Those Around You Aren't

Unless you stay in your house all day - or you live under a rock - you have to be out and about in the world.

There are all kinds of people around us: saved and unsaved, devoted and wishy-washy, dependable and undependable, faithful and not-so-much faithful. We come in all shapes and sizes, for better or for worse.

It's challenging for a Christian woman to stay victorious and faithful to God when the world around us isn't. Scripture tells us to do a lot of very difficult things in the face of opposition.

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 2 Corinthians 6:17

There's no choice to just blend into the crowd or take the easy route - to simply do what everyone else is doing and hope we don't stand out. We will be noticed when we come out from among the world. Separation can be a frightening, lonely experience when we're just trying to be loved and accepted. But following the Lord's command to be set apart means connection with Him, which brings peace and joy.

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Galatians 5:1

The Lord Jesus Christ sacrificed everything for us to have complete and perfect salvation. What a disrespect is must be then to watch the unfaithfulness of Christian women. Instead of standing fast in the faith of His liberty, we retreat to the old, well-known paths that we've spent so much time in. The comfort of the old bondage yoke is short-lived, though, while the reward for the faithful is everlasting.

His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Matthew 25:21

The unfaithful world won't understand our desire to be faithful to God. They simply can't understand a relationship they've never experienced. But we can look forward, with joy overflowing in our hearts, to a time when the Lord will be able to say: Well done, thou good and faithful servant.

That one, simple statement will make all of the separation, the steadfastness and the pain of this earthly life fade away to nothing. Inconvenience and disappointment for a season will mean nothing when we're standing before our Lord. What a day, glorious day, that will be!

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