A Person of Integrity
“People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed.”1
Sometimes the fear of punishment can motivate someone to change their actions for the better more than anything else. This was the case with one mother who decided she would put the fear of a speeding ticket in the drivers who were speeding past a local elementary school. She decided to park her car in front of the elementary school every morning and point her black hair dryer, shaped like a radar gun, out of the window at speeding cars. The effect was dramatic as drivers quickly slowed down fearing they might get a speeding ticket.
I have seen the same happen on the freeway multiple times! Traffic will be flowing smoothly, then suddenly it comes to a stop because people see a police officer on the side of the road and start slamming on their brakes!
It is always easier to do the right thing, like obeying traffic laws for example, when someone is watching. However, as children of God, we are called to live a life of integrity all the time! Some may define integrity as practicing what you preach or doing the right thing, even when it is costly, especially when it would be easier to do the opposite. The dictionary defines integrity as “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.” A commitment to integrity sets us apart as children of God and reflects His character, as He is a God of complete and perfect integrity.
“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried through?”2 God keeps His promises and never fails. Therefore, our faith can be securely built on Him!
Living a life of integrity will bring you peace of mind. As today’s verses tells us, “People with integrity walk safely…” You don’t have to worry about covering up lies, being afraid of punishment, or being found out… this would be an exhausting way to live! But being a person of integrity will bring blessings and allow you to be a light to others, which will lead them to Jesus.
Suggested prayer: Dear God, forgive me for the times I have failed to live with integrity. Please mold my character to reflect yours. Help me be a person who keeps my word, and acts in complete honesty. Help me practice this with my family, friends, and with every person you allow me to meet. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Proverbs 10:9 (NLT).
Numbers 23:19 (NLT).
Today’s Encounter was written by: Crystal B.
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Richard (Dick) Innes unless otherwise stated.