Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Heart of Integrity

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

The Psalmist described integrity as living honestly, practicing righteousness, and acknowledging truth in your heart [Psalm 15:2].

Many characters in Scripture demonstrated that kind of integrity. Take Nathanael, for example. Jesus called him an Israelite “in whom was no guile” [John 1:47]. Having no guile is to be truthful and unpretentious, another way of saying Nathanael had integrity. It would be wonderful if the Lord could say that about each of us, Amen?

Daniel is another example. His life demonstrates the power and blessings of integrity. But never forget, his integrity was tested and refined during the most difficult of circumstances. Like Daniel, we are living in a culture of compromise. We see it everywhere, and sadly, in many churches too. That’s why, as Christ followers, we must reflect the integrity of Christ. John wrote, “The one who says he remains in [Christ] should walk just as [Christ] walked” [1st John 2:6].

Israel’s King David prayed a prayer that should be on the lips and in the heart of every Christ follower. He prayed, “Keep my soul, and deliver me; let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for You” [Psalm 25:20-21].

Love Christ. Be characterized by ever-increasing fidelity to biblical truth. That is the heart of true integrity.

Lord, who can dwell in Your tent? Who can live on Your holy mountain? The one who lives honestly, practices righteousness, and acknowledges the truth in his heart. Psalm 15:1-2

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