Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- September 25, 2011
“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.” Proverbs 11:3
For example, are you totally honest on your tax return? Is your tax preparer a person of unquestionable integrity? We can trust professionals to represent us well, but we are ultimately responsible for honest outcomes. Furthermore, is there anything you are doing, if printed as a newspaper headline, which would embarrass you and your family? Indeed, integrity brings joy to heaven and security on earth. It is your guide for godly living.
Moreover, the iniquity of the unfaithful destroys. The blessings of God are apt to be removed, as it cannot be bought with bad behavior. Relationships are scarred, and some even severed over dishonest dealings. Overnight, poor judgment can soil and potentially destroy a hard earned reputation. Pride acts like integrity is only for others. It deceives itself, and becomes a disgrace for its dishonest and duplicitous ways. Iniquity is an unfaithful guide.
“I put in charge of Jerusalem my brother Hanani, along with Hananiah the commander of the citadel, because he was a man of integrity and feared God more than most people do” (Nehemiah 7:2).
So we ask ourselves, “How can I be man or woman of integrity over the balance of my life?” There is plainness about a person who bases their behavior on the principles of God’s word. Nothing fancy, only faithful living in your daily routine. The grace of God governs your soul, the truth of God renews your mind, and having accountability is an anchor for your actions. Honestly ask yourself, “Is integrity my faithful guide?”
The Bible says, “May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in You” (Psalm 25:21).
How can I better integrate integrity, as a guide for my business dealings and behavior at home?
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