TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, March 01, 2019:
Uncompromising adherence to moral principles; honesty; moral uprightness.
Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
As far back as we can remember our parents told us the importance of integrity in our lives. Next to our faith in Jesus Christ, nothing has been more important than making sure we were clear, concise and honest to others in all of our actions, both words and deeds. Once anyone loses their integrity it is very hard to get it back. Without integrity we will be regarded untrustworthy. A reputation for being honest is worth far more than anything gained by compromising one’s integrity.
Integrity is sadly lacking in our society today. Integrity begins in the home. Parents have the responsibility to teach their children what is right and what is wrong. Parents seem to be failing in that responsibility. Before anyone can teach someone to have integrity, they must have integrity.
The Lord throughout scripture teaches believers in Him to live a morally and upright life. Even among believers it is difficult to find people with uncompromising integrity because Satan, many times tempts people to lie, cheat and flatter and they fall victims to his temptations because they see dishonesty as an easy way to get what they want even though it is by deception. Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is looking.
In Psalms 15: 1-5 (above), in just five verses David describes the life of integrity that believers are to cultivate. He tells us to:
• Walk uprightly so that you are blameless.
• Do what is right at all times.
• Speak the truth and be honest.
• Treat your neighbor kindly.
• Be accountable for your actions.
• Honor those that love the Lord.
• Do not be greedy for money.
• Keep your promises even when it hurts.
• Do not accept bribes.
God wants us to daily pursue truthfulness, righteousness and honesty. In Mark 8:34, Jesus commands us to deny ourselves and follow Him. Total commitment to Jesus will give us all we need to stand against any temptations Satan throws our way.
When we practice these principles that are outlined above, we will be living a life that is exemplified by integrity and righteousness as the Lord desires us to.
Our memory verse today is found in Psalms 32:8.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will guide you with My eye.
Help us to remember and recognize that we live in a culture that approves of ungodly values and behaviors. May Your Holy Spirit open our eyes and make us alert to recognize right from wrong so that we may live a life of integrity bringing honor and glory to You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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