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Archive for April 9, 2012

Organizing the Inside – Day 219 Integrity Makes Life Simpler

A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight. Proverbs 11:1(KJV)
Yes, always use honest weights and measures, so that you may enjoy a long life in the land the LORD your God is giving you. Deuteronomy 25:15 (NLT)

Being born again doesn’t automatically give you integrity.
Integrity is something that comes out of fellowship with the Lord; this sets the tone which affects (most importantly) who you are. I don’t believe that being a Christian gives you character, but making the choice to trust God and deal honestly in all your business transactions and personal interactions is important to God. In the scriptures God continued to admonish the Israelites to deal honestly with one another, especially when it came to paying taxes, dividing land and property, and conducting business. There was a lot of greed, and God had to remind them, “Use honest scales and honest weights, an honest ephah and an honest hin. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt.” Leviticus 19:36 (NIV) I think perhaps He was telling them to stop acting like slaves who don’t have anything; because He was the one supplying their needs, and they had more than enough.

A person of integrity is honest and their life is an open book.
While almost every human being is conflicted at some point in life, the woman who has integrity doesn’t have divided loyalties (that’s duplicity). No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 6:24 (NLT) Additionally a woman of integrity doesn’t pretend to be someone she isn’t (that’s hypocrisy) There is only one who walked the earth who is perfect, Jesus Christ. Perfection is not integrity, but those who have integrity don’t mind the magnifying glass that comes with being an ambassador for Christ.

If you want a simple life, be a woman of integrity.
Are there things in your life that are hidden? If so, then you must ask yourself why. If there are areas of your life that you don’t want others to find out about, then you may be in need of a change. We all have competing priorities, and conflicting desires, in a world that no longer respects true values. Even people of high integrity find that life’s circumstances leave them in situations that require a choice. This is certainly normal. The real conflict is only in whether or not you choose truth and honesty. No matter what the costs, or what the conditions are like on the ground; before entering into battle you must be clear about whose side you’re on. Being a person of integrity keeps your life simple. Regardless of the changing conditions around you, your choice is easy. You are not perplexed, distressed or worried about the outcome of your choices, because you find your confidence in choosing to obey God’s Word.