“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:
“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?
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.