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The Greatest Benefit of Integrity

Posted: Friday, July 28

Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor

Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide

2 Chronicles 21:1-23:21
Romans 11:13-36
Psalm 22:1-18
Proverbs 20:7

Verse of the day:

The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them. (Proverbs 20:7 NLT)


Integrity is who we are when no one is watching. Integrity is also when our actions match our words; when we practice what we preach.

 

Before we drive off I always ensure that Krista and Morgan are buckled up in the car. I have repeatedly emphasized to them the importance of seat belts. The only problem is I don’t consistently wear mine; it depends on how I’m feeling on that particular day. Krista and Morgan have begun to call me out on it:

 

‘Daddy! Put your seatbelt on!’

OK.

Click.

 

Integrity is who we are when no one is watching, but it is also who we are when our children are watching. Our kids are always watching, they never forget, and they repeat our actions.

 

One of the greatest fears a Christian parent has is that their child will abandon the faith that they have tried to instill in them. Ultimately nothing matters more than this. Each prodigal has their own story for why they walked away. Some prodigals had fantastic parents who loved God and loved their kids providing a great example. Yet other prodigals have hit the exit because their parents lived one way at church and another way at home.

 

Solomon tells us that the Godly walk with integrity and their children follow after them! If we want our kids to inherit our faith we must have the integrity to have our actions match our words and to be the same person in private as we are in public. Because our kids are watching, they forget nothing, and they’ll follow in our steps. It’s the greatest benefit that comes with integrity.