DayBreaks for 1/4/16: May Integrity and Honesty Protect Me
Galen is out of the country. While he is gone, you will be receiving DayBreaks from the DayBreaks archive from January, 2006.
Ps 25:21 (NLT) – May integrity and honesty protect me, for I put my hope in you.
There are certain words that we just don’t hear too much about any more. We don’t hear the word “sin” very much – it seems that in many cases, what the Bible calls sin has been redefined as a “disease”, “illness”, or “alternative lifestyle choice.” Other words have seemingly vanished, too, words like “integrity.” Maybe it’s more accurate to say that the character trait of integrity seems to be seldom visible in 21st century America. We see all kinds of examples in the news each day about the lack of integrity. It is disgusting that so many who have risen to positions of prestige, power and fame have seemingly no integrity. They are quick to dodge any accountability for their decisions and actions – and even quicker to blame any failures on anyone else.
Integrity is something that we should cherish and earnestly desire! While some seem to lose their integrity because they think lying will protect them and their position, the Psalmist says that integrity and honesty will protect us. How do integrity and honesty protect us? I think that it could work like this:
FIRST: Jesus is truth and he protects us. While the truth of any given matter may cause us some embarrassment and pain, its nothing like the pain and shame of being caught in falsehood. Integrity is doing what is right and not worrying about whether it is popular or will get us ahead. Even in a world gone badly astray, perhaps especially in such a world, there is something to be said for remaining true to principles. People see it and admire it – but that’s not the point. The point is what integrity does for us and within us – we can have a clean conscience. The last part of the verse tells what enables us to live with integrity and honesty – our hope is in Him for vindication, deliverance and protection.
SECOND: when we speak the truth and live lives of integrity, we don’t have to fear the IRS audit, the internal business review, or the truth about what we do in private. When we live with integrity, it is one of our very best friends, for there will be nothing wrong that we can be accused of. It’s much like Jesus’ enemies who could find nothing to condemn in him.
There is not a day goes by but we have the choice to act with integrity – or without it. Today you will have to decide at work if you will walk with integrity or in deception and deceitfulness. What will you do today when you are faced with compromise, or a slight bending of the truth – either to get someone’s business, to win their favor or to avoid consequences for your actions and decisions? If you walk a life of integrity, you can rest knowing that He will be your defender!
TODAY’S PRAYER: Lord, we want to live upright lives of honesty and integrity. Help us to learn that these things are not our enemies, but rather our friends. Help us to truly grasp that Your way is the right way, the way of blessing not only for ourselves, but for Your glory. Help us to be fully committed to being women and men of integrity for as along as we shall live! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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