The Same In Public And Private
Posted: Tuesday, July 14
1 Chronicles 16:37-18:17
Verse of the day:
And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life. (Romans 2:16)
Are you keeping any secrets? Are you the same person in public and in private? Are you living in integrity?
For a Christian, integrity means living according to your biblical moral convictions and doing the right thing even if no one is watching you. It means you will not demean or dishonor the Lord, your neighbor or yourself.
Contrary to popular opinion, it is easier and more beneficial to live your life with integrity than to live a deceitful life.
You see, it is hard to remember all your lies. It is stressful to live in fear of getting caught. It is degrading to feel like you didn’t truly earn your accomplishments. Plus, there will come a day when God will judge your secrets through Jesus Christ.
So, is it worth it to live a deceitful life? No. Today, God is calling you to live with integrity in every aspect of your life.
If you want to live a life of integrity, here are a few tips.
1. Make a decision regarding what you will and will not compromise.
2. Keep your word. Do what you said you were going to do.
3. Quit the rationalizations. None of the million reasons to compromise your integrity are worth it.
4. Don’t compromise on the little things, and you won’t on the bigger ones.
5. Take personal responsibility for your integrity. Don’t blame others.
6. Understand that living a life of integrity is a daily process that doesn’t end until you die.
Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)