Daily Devotional – 10/15/18 “Integrity”

God’s assignment for your life will never come with a compromise to your integrity. I don’t care how well the position pays, I don’t care how many times you’ll get to preach, play your musical instrument or share the stage. I don’t care how good you look on the front of somebody’s flyer neither do I care about the business cards with your name spelled correctly, how fly the office is or the amount of time you’ll travel … being in God will never come with you selling out who you are. Your integrity is the inner workings of you and if it can be bought, sold, transferred and negotiated; you need to have a talk with self. Integrity is defined as the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. Bible shares in Proverbs 10:9, “He who walks in integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will be found out.” Let’s break this down.

“He who walks in integrity walks securely” … When you walk in honesty, there is nothing folk can hold over your head. In other words, when you live with nothing to hide, you don’t have to hide. See, when I carry myself the way I portray to be, I don’t worry about you running a background check because I know what it’ll show. When I walk in integrity, you can talk about me and it doesn’t bother me because I know the truth of my story. When I walk in integrity, you can tell lies and the people who know me will not believe them. When I walk in integrity, I have no anxiety when I’m cast into the light and can sleep peacefully at night. “But he who perverts his ways will be found out” … Perverts means to misrepresent. So, this is saying, when you twist, bend and distort the truth; you will be found out. When you lie on your job application and/or resume, it’ll be found out. When you misrepresent yourself, it will be found out and you run the risk of always being worried if/when it’ll happen.

Who wants to live like this? Always having to look over your shoulder. Always being nervous when you are called in the office, wondering if this time will be the moment you get fired from your job. Always anxious because you’re wondering if today is the day folk will find out you lied when you testified or you aren’t the person you “post” to be on social media. Who wants to live like this when bible says in Proverbs 11:3 “The integrity of the upright will guide them, But the crookedness of the treacherous will destroy them?” Beloved, just be you and allow people to decide if they can handle it or not but never, ever compromise your integrity to fit in because you might get in and realize you don’t like it.

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