Walk with the Integrity of Your Heart

Integrity is a big word.  King David speaks about his desire to live a life that is right in the sight of God.  The king wants to not only be righteous in front of the members of his house, but also in the sight of God.  Striving to live a life that seeks integrity can be a challenge.  There are external and internal challenges to trying to live a life that is right with God.  We cannot be right with God if we abuse and misuse family, friends and strangers. Integrity is also difficult to attain because there are so many pressures in life that seem designed to lead us astray.  Sometimes the temptation to take what does not belong to you can be tough to overcome.  The temptation to be silent when we should speak up is another way we can become side-tracked.

We all know examples when a person makes a poor decision that is a long way from what God wants us to do.  Where the question of living a life with integrity gets rough is when we look at our own lives and must admit that sometimes we have allowed our desires to move us in a direction that is different from what God wants.  For me, one of the challenges in trying to live a life of integrity is not just doing the right thing, but thinking the right thing.  Thinking right can be difficult, especially when a person gets up in your face, lies, or totally takes out of context the good you have tried to do, what you have said and done, it can be difficult not to want to respond in kind.  Let me share with you my personal steps for seeking a life of integrity.

The following is a process one can use to seek the integrity that God desires of each of us:

  1. Familiarize yourself with the teachings of the Bible.
  2. Try to live a life consistent with what Jesus teaches
  3. Before you speak or act, ask yourself, “What would Jesus expect me to do?”
  4. Pray to God for forgiveness when you get off the track

Psalm 101: I will walk with integrity of heart within my house; [1]

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What does it mean to “Walk with integrity of heart”?
  2. What are some of the challenges to “Walking with integrity of heart”?

 

Prayer:  Lord, help me to strive for integrity.  May my yes mean yes and my no, mean no.  Grant me the courage to stand up for justice, fight for equality, and to push the world towards prosperity and peace.  May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to you, O, Lord my strength and redeemer.  Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ps 101:2). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.