Why Integrity Still Matters

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No one is perfect. We all know that. But, personal integrity still matters. Who we are and who we say we are should be consistent. Our words, thoughts and deeds when all aligned add a strength to our life. And as we try to lead others in endeavors, missions, etc., our personal integrity really matters. I think we are all so frustrated when we see big breaches in that integrity in our leaders (elected and otherwise). To the degree we are aware and able, we should deal with those while young in life so that God can promote us greater responsibilities. Some people seem to care very little about it. Moses had neglected a very important area of personal integrity and his wife Zipporah (in a rather bizarre way), called him on it. But, in doing so- she did him a great favor. The issue was that although Moses had rejected his affiliation with Egypt (having been raised in Pharaoh’s house), he had not completely affiliated with God’s people through circumcision of own children. He had a breach of integrity, wherein, his home life didn’t match the calling God had given Him. There is an indication that God had spoken to Moses about this because the observation was that God was going to kill Moses until Zipporah took matters into her own hands (literally). In her integrity, she wanted her family and sons to be right with God.

At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him. But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it. “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said. So the Lord let him alone. (At that time she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to circumcision.) Exodus 4:24-26 NIV

Are there any areas of my life that do not reflect integrity with God’s Word, His will, or even my words?

God, as this day begins- please help me continue to grow in integrity so that what I say, I do. I hope I am the same person in all venues of life. If there are promises unfulfilled, may I make it a priority to fulfill them so that Your Name is honored. As this Saturday unfolds, I pray I am useful to You as an encouragement to those who are honoring a lost loved one. May the hope we have in Christ be theirs in abundance. Also, since this is Kai’s birthday, I pause to say thank you for my first born son. What an amazing person he is. Wow! I am so proud of him and love his God-given personality and Christlike character.

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