“Let Us Negotiate”

Don C. Bentley

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

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

“Good said the bear, “That is a negotiable question.  I only want a full stomach, so let us 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, “let us negotiate.”  But there are some things that cannot be compromised.  If we try to compromise with sin, we are deceiving ourselves and will fall into a trap that will destroy us.”

“Abstain from every form of evil.” (I Thes. 5:22)