A hunter raised his rifle and took careful aim at a large bear. When the man was about to pull the trigger, the bear spoke in a soothing voice, “Isn’t it better to talk than to shoot? What do you want? Let’s negotiate the matter.”

Lowering his rifle, the hunter replied, “I want a fur coat.”

“Good,” said the bear, “that is a negotiable item. I only want a full stomach, so let us sit down and negotiate a compromise.”

They sat down to negotiate and after a time the bear walked away, alone. The negotiations had been successful. The bear had a full stomach, and the hunter had his fur coat!

Satan says to you, “Let us negotiate.” But there are some things that cannot be negotiable. We cannot compromise God’s truth. Christ and His church deserve our very best and utmost loyalty. Remember, “be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour: whom resist (NOT COMPROMISE WITH) steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afllictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world” (1 Pet. 5:8-9).

Tom Moore
via Sunset church of Christ
Shreveport, LA
Bulletin Digest (March 2006)

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