By Marni Montanez
1 Chronicles 29:17 - Integrity
I know also, my God, that you test the heart and take pleasure in integrity.
The definition of integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
Sometimes it is so hard to be a person of integrity in this world, but this is what the Lord calls us to. There is an easy road we can choose to take; it is a road that will eventually lead to destruction. But there is also a path that God chooses for us and it leads to life and goodness. Integrity is found on this road. To walk with integrity is to strive to walk in such a manner that it pleases God. This requires many painful moments of looking into our own soul and challenging ourselves to face the inadequacies, sins and issues we struggle with. It says in HIs word that God desires honesty in the inmost part.
When we look into the mirror of Godís word or sit in His presence, the real person we are is exposed.
We as believers are required to walk in integrity; We are called to go above and beyond the norm to portray godly character. We need to take up the challenge of not settling for mediocrity. How close we get to God is our choice. If we walk in dishonest gain we are automatically putting up a barrier between us and God. Sin is what separates us from the Lord and it is compromise coupled with apathy that causes Christians to fall into Satan's lair.
For believers, compromise is death. The more the enemy can get us to compromise, the more we lay down one territory after another until we give in completely. Integrity is achieved through relentless pursuit of honesty; this kind of determination is difficult and can be very costly. Do not fall into the deception of thinking it should be easy. To the world, what is considered easy is to go with the flow and remain aloof and to allow sins current to take us deep into the recesses of darkness eventually drowning us.
We each have a choice to continue swimming and swimming hard or letting ourselves go into the seduction of the enemyís plan until it leaves a bitterness inside.
Challenge: Pursue integrity; refuse to deceive, compromise, or be apathetic. It will take a definite decision to be victorious in this area.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.