Integrity

 

 

I don’t know about anyone else, but I know that living a life of integrity is a requirement in my spiritual walk. Integrity is soundness of moral character. Knowing what is important to God and checking ourselves to make sure our conduct lines up with God’s values. We dwell on reputation, but a person’s reputation may not be an accurate reflection of a person’s character. Take care of your character and become a person of integrity and your reputation will take care of itself.

Let’s examine the life and character of two people in the Bible. First, Joseph was the son of Jacob and Rachel, and the favorite child of his father. He was hated by his brothers, sold into slavery in Egypt, exposed to sexual temptation by being falsely accused of raping Potiphar’s wife and thrown into prison. Maybe you can relate to Joseph, family members not liking you or being accused of things you did not do. However, Joseph’s conduct remained intact, he resisted temptation, forgave his brothers, was spirit filled and honored God. Joseph’s story can be found in Genesis 30-50.

Second, is Stephen’s life, in Acts 6:3 – 8:2, he was chosen by the early church to be a leader, he was considered a wise servant, chosen to supervise food distribution, arrested for blasphemy and first to give his life for the Gospel. Stephen was an outstanding leader. Are you a leader on your job, in your church or community? Stephen was spirit filled, wise, forgiving, full of faith, and available to help people. He was a great example of how we should live our life in a way that pleases God.

In Psalm 78:70-71 God took David from caring for sheep to caring for Israel.  And in Psalm 78:72 So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart: and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.

Psalm 15:1-2 Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

Start today developing these qualities: compassion, courage, discipline, faithfulness, forgiving, honesty, humility, kindness, loyalty, obedience, patience, responsible, righteousness, self-control, sincerity, trustworthiness, and commitment.

 

 

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