Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Integrity of the Upright

"The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity" (Proverbs 11:3).

You don't have to look to far to see a great attack on the concept of integrity. Look at Hollywood, Washington, and sometimes right in the mirror, and you might find someone who believes that integrity is relative.

Integrity is not relative, but it is RELEVANT! It is still valid and vital. It's an innocence, a purity that declares, "I will not be moved by personal gain at all costs!" Integrity is rooted in humility. It's a driving force - it "guides them" (transports, takes them there). Integrity is black and white - there is no gray. That leads to "duplicity" - perverseness and distortion. Truth has been greatly distorted, but it has never ceased being TRUTH. It takes someone with integrity to recognize that and to live that out.

I have struggled, as I'm sure we all have at one time or another, in the past or even the present, of figuring out a way to justify want we want to say or do. Sometimes we call it "white lies" or "technical truths." That is "duplicity" - saying just enough to justify our own wants and desires. Only by being a God-honoring person of integrity will you ever find true success - and your integrity will take you there. It will lead you - transport you to where God has destined you to be.

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