Integrity or Honesty?
Scripture: “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is sincere. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual enthusiasm serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” Romans 12:9-14
Thought: Integrity is telling the truth, honesty is transparent sincerity. The plumbing was old and needed replacement. The owner masked the water damaged walls and roof after he made a minor patch in the area of the leak. A few months later, he sold his house for an expensive price knowing full well that the new owner will incur a big expense shortly after they buy it? Another man buys land from a poor farmer at a bargain price secretly knowing that the area is about to be developed for greater profit? Getting “things” means little in life if we damage other people in the process. However, some Brutal Honesty delivered by a trusted friend or mentor can be the push a person needs to effect a positive change. God urges us to conduct our daily living with complete honesty but not at the expense of making ourselves look righteous or to gain self indulgence. If we can be trusted with the small things, like integrity and honesty think of how much more God will reveal and entrust you to deliver His sincere truth.
Action: In the end God asks you to do the right thing even if it’s hard. How about you? Can Our Lord be Brutally Honest with you about your integrity? When you have your quiet time with God today, ask him to search your heart and show you where you have told half the truth which is really a full lie. The BRUTAL HONESTY will either bring you to humility, denial or false blame. Whatever your admission, your true character will be revealed inside and out. Ask God to Change You from the inside out. If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.
Prayer: Lord, show me where I have blamed or made excuses for my “white lie”. I confess my sins to you from the biggest hurt to the smallest lie. I ask for your forgiveness and earnestly pray that you will CHANGE ME LORD. Give me knowledge when I have sinned against you or one of my brothers or sisters. Grant me wisdom so I may apply your honest truth and open my ears that I may hear only YOU. (SD)