Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Walking in Integrity

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“He who walks with integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will become known.” – Proverbs 10:9

Integrity is important, even essential, in the Christian life. Christians are to live in integrity. There is integrity in following Jesus and in being who God has called us to be. When we walk in God’s righteousness, seek God’s wisdom, and walk in God’s integrity, we are able to see more clearly how to walk in God's ways, to God’s glory.

Integrity is honesty and truth. Integrity conveys being complete and whole and it speaks to walking in firm adherence to our values, standards, and beliefs. As Christians, these values should align with God’s Word. As we follow God’s Word and as we follow Jesus, we can be confident that we are walking in God’s integrity.

Integrity is nothing we can achieve on our own. We must rely on God’s Holy Spirit to give us the fruit of His Spirit (see Galatians 5:15-26). The fruit of the Spirit will help give us integrity.

Paul tells us in Galatians that if we walk in the Spirit, we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). Paul also says that we “can do all things through Christ who strengthens us” (Philippians 4:13). If we are to be people of integrity, we must be empowered by God’s Holy Spirit to walk in integrity.

Prayer: Lord God, cover us with your righteousness, give us Your wisdom, and help us to walk in integrity. We ask this in the name of Jesus, who is our righteousness, who is the Wisdom of God, and who empowers us to walk in integrity by His Holy Spirit. Amen!

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