Is Your Heart Prepared?

In my last post I posed the question, What is it?  At the end I asked did you have it? Now I will ask: Do you want to be known for your integrity? The following bloggers shared their thoughts on the first two questions,  and I share them with you. Then Ezra will share three steps to becoming a man/woman of integrity.

Wally Fry states:

“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.”

And his definition:

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.”

Sue Love commented:

“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  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.”

Ezra shares steps:

“For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.” Ezra 7:10.

In my next post I hope to share how to prepare your heart to  seek the law of the LORD, and encourage each in the doing and teaching as we journey to integrity.

What do you think it means to prepare one’s heart to seek the law of the Lord?


On a personal note: Thank you one and all for faithfully visiting this blog. I know I have been inconsistent lately in visiting with you. Without going into details, know it is not for lack of trying. My time has definitely not been my own. But in a sense that is good, for I do ask the Lord to order my days. Knowing this helps keep frustration from sneaking into my spirit. I, also, helps me believe God directs the when, where, and how of my life. In this then, I praise Him for his faithfulness and for each of you. God bless you as you prepare your heart to seek Him and become that person of integrity.

 

One thought on “Is Your Heart Prepared?

  1. It is wonderful He is directing your time for His glory. 🙂 That’s what we all should seek after anyway.

    I think preparing our heart means to be open with the Lord. Inviting Him when we study scripture and praying earnestly. As David shares, (NIV) Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

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