THEME: POWER OF INTEGRITY
“Righteousness guards the person of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.”
-Righteousness preserve’s anyone with absolute integrity and godlessness brings sinners to destruction. Jesus saw Nathaniel under the fig tree, an Israelite without deceit. For a second ask yourself what Jesus would say or says about you. Are you a man or woman with or without deceit? Relational integrity is a vital virtue that ensures one’s words are synonymous to his/her actions, and they enhances the ability to keep promise. Jesus increases Nathaniel’s faith and he was able to see heaven open and angels ascending and descending on the Son of Man (John 1:47-51). Faith in God enhances relational integrity and our relationship with Him, as we believe that whatever we cannot do, God can perform it.
The word integrity can be broken into two parts, Inter means one or a relationship between parties, and grity derived for the word grit; which means to have passion and perseverance for long-term goals. Integrity is a Biblical principle that ensures preservation of the one exercising it. Integrity protects one’s moral conduct, and character. It is built over time through truthfulness, honesty, reliability, sincerity, and uprightness. It ensures diligence without compromise. When one has integrity, his/her words, promises and actions are in synchrony with God’s word. This is spiritual integrity. King David was a man after God’s hearts and was considered as a man of integrity. According to Psalms78:72, David shepherded the people with integrity of heart and with skillful hands he led them. Social integrity is the second category and it is vital in our day to day interactions. Proverbs 16:28 tells us that, a perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends. Vocational integrity is the third classification that relates to our commitment at work. Proverbs 10:4 reminds us that, the lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth. God calls us to work as is we are working for Him. Forth, we have financial integrity which relates entirely to how we handle money. We know that everything belongs to God and we are stewards. To ensure financial integrity, we are reminded to our money wisely, and gain it meaningfully, pay our tithes (Malachi 3:10), debts (Psalms 37:21) and taxes (Romans 13:6-7). The last category is relational integrity. Relations can be classified into two general classes that is; man to God and vice verser, and man to man. Studies reveal that relationships that are harnessed through integrity and love last longer than those which, experience perversions. Jesus classified the law of love into two, love for God and love for one another. All classes of integrity must be governed by the law of love. Also, to sustain integrity; one has to have faith in God, who helps us and guides our every step. Through faith, we are able to see the impossible, hear the unuttered, speak the unbelievable, believe the incredible and enjoy God’s blessings.
Dear Jesus Christ, we thank You for loving us. We thank You for Your mercies which are new every morning. We thank You for loving us to the point of dying on the cross for our sins. We thank You for paying the heavy price on our behalf. May You forgive us all our trespasses and wash us with Your precious blood. May You remove every accusation against us our Righteous Judge. May You fill our hearts with integrity so that we may keep our faith and know You better. May You help us to keep our promises, and to spend what we have well. To pay our tithes, debts and taxes. To desist from gossip and listened to it. To excel in our work, to maintain good moral conduct and to emulate Your character dear Jesus. We are nothing without You and we cannot achieve integrity without You loving Master. May You help us and guide us merciful Savior. May You give us leaders who have integrity next week as we go for the general elections. May You choose for us the best for the glory and honor of Your name. May You bless us and keep us Lord. May You make Your face shine upon us and be gracious to us. May You lift up Your countenance upon us and give us peace. Amen
Further reading: Romans 5:1-4
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