“Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace” (2 Corinthians 1:12 NIV).
Can we have the same boast as Paul? Are our consciences clear and can honestly testify on our behalf? Have we conducted ourselves with integrity in everything we do? Have we been sincere in our efforts? Are we relying on our own wisdom or God’s grace?
This is something to think about since we can only fool man some of the time and God none of the time. So why do we attempt to be dishonest about anything, when God sees everything?
Some may not understand integrity so let’s look at integrity this way:
I > Interested in pleasing God before anyone else.
N > Noting our shortcomings along the way so we can get honesty right.
T > Testing our own honesty in making decisions before God has to do it.
E > Engaging in honest practices from least things to the big things with all people.
G > Grateful for God’s grace in our lives that provides us opportunity to walk in His favor.
R > Rightly dividing God’s Word so we can live according to it.
I > Involving others to practice honesty on a daily basis.
T >Tearing ourselves away from those who practice deception, lying, and dishonesty.
Y > Yearning for God’s approval in everything we do.
Is this a foundational understanding of “integrity” that all can use?
God, help us to get a greater understanding of how we are to conduct ourselves on a consistently honest basis to Your glory so You will not need to be ashamed of us and we will not bring shame to Your name. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen!
Some morning posts may be shorter than usual. I usually stop writing when I have nothing else to say about a topic, but I’m also involved in the NaNoWriMo challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Since I work, I may have to devote some of my morning time to complete this challenge. Bear with me and pray for me!