Luke 16:10-12 (NKJV) Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?
As you recover from depression and dependency, you may wonder if integrity is something people will ever associate with you. It’s hard learning to be a person of integrity based the examples we see in the world today. Injustice is all around us. It’s almost impossible to find people who keep their promises and practice what they preach anymore.
People make a pledge to do something and then don’t follow through. What does God think about it when people ‘change their mind’ and don’t honor an agreement?
Dr. David Jeremiah says, “Integrity is keeping a commitment even after circumstances have changed.”
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Proverbs 11:3 (NLT) says, “Honesty guides good people; dishonesty destroys treacherous people.”
Romans 12:3 (NLT) (The Apostle Paul said) “Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.”
1 Timothy 1:19 (NLT) Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.
Psalm 37:12-17 (NKJV) The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth. The Lord laughs at him, for He sees that his day is coming. The wicked have drawn the sword and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who are of upright conduct. Their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken. A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous.
Psalm 37:18-22 (NKJV) The Lord knows the days of the upright and their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time, and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. But the wicked shall perish; and the enemies of the Lord, like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish. Into smoke they shall vanish away. The wicked borrows and does not repay, but the righteous shows mercy and gives. For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth, but those cursed by Him shall be cut off.
Psalm 37:35 (NKJV) I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a native green tree. Yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more; indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.
Psalm 37:37-38 (NKJV) Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; for the future of that man is peace. But the transgressors shall be destroyed together; the future of the wicked shall be cut off.
In Romans 12:9-21, we are told how to behave like a Christian. ‘Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
At the end of the day, we have to put our trust in God—not people—and live by the Word of God and the examples found in it.
Declaration: I will find new strength by attempting to live by a better standard than the example I have been shown by most leaders in the world today. I will trust the Lord to redeem the mistakes of my past and help me to improve in the future. I will do my best to become known and remembered as a person who showed integrity in all of my ways.
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