What Is It?

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By the way this is not Dr. Jeremiah but a dear brother in Christ.

“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.” 2Cor. 7:1,2.

Dr. David Jeremiah observes in his study guide, “A Life Beyond Amazing”, that integrity actually makes news headlines because of its scarcity in our world today. Paul in Corinthians described a life lived in integrity, his life. Dr. Jeremiah quotes Warren Buffett when hiring to look for three qualities: “integrity, intelligence, and energy…If you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.”

A scribe from Aaron’s priestly line and the proposed author of the book of Ezra, Ezra serves with Paul, who penned the Corinthian scripture, as an example of living in integrity. The next time we meet I intend to look closer at this man, Ezra, who studied the law of God and why he is considered a man of integrity. I hope you will join me. Until we meet again let me ask you two questions:

First,

“The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.” Psalm 7:8.

How would you stand if the Lord would judge you according to your righteousness and integrity?

Second:

How do you define integrity?

Praying you have a blessed weekend and find a place to gather with other followers of Christ in worship and praise, encouraging one another in love and good works.

4 thoughts on “What Is It?

  1. How would you stand if the Lord would judge you according to your righteousness and integrity?

    I would be declared guilty! Although I try, I have to admit that at times I have behaved unrighteously and with less than complete integrity. Thank Him, that because of the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, I won’t face eternal judgment for those times. On the other hand, I may not get as big a “Well done faithful servant,” as I might like when I enter heaven.

    How do you define integrity?

    A great definition I have heard is “Doing the right thing even when no one knows what you are doing, or when no one is watching.”

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  2. Integrity to me means that you are who you are no matter who you are with or if you are alone and no one else is looking. It means honesty, not hypocrisy. You are a not a liar but a truth teller. Your words and your actions match each other. You are faithful, not deceitful, not adulterous. It doesn’t mean you are absolutely perfect, but it does mean that you walk in holiness and purity, in the fear of the Lord.

    There are no pretenses. No charades. You are not one thing in front of people and another behind their backs. What you say you mean. No tricks, gimmicks, scheming, manipulations, etc. And, when you do fail, you admit your failure and you surrender to the Lordship of Christ in submitting to his will and to his ways instead of continuing to go your own way despite God, and despite the truth. You are a person of good character who can be trusted, and that is wonderful, but seems to be a rare find these days.

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