Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Have We Lost Our Integrity?

By Andrea Merrell

We see it everywhere we turn—the workplace, the government, and even in the church—a loss of integrity, of doing the right thing even when no one is watching or giving us credit for our actions.

I think we would all agree our society is spiraling downward at an alarming rate. There are no moral absolutes, and it’s hard to know who we can trust or depend on. People are encouraged to be free thinkers and do whatever feels right—to them. Ungodly people make the rules, and we’re supposed to blindly follow … no questions asked.

But we should ask. And here’s the big question: What does God say?

This is what Psalm 119:1-8 tells us in the Message:

You’re blessed when you stay on course,
    walking steadily on the road revealed by God.
You’re blessed when you follow his directions,
    doing your best to find him.
That’s right—you don’t go off on your own;
    you walk straight along the road he set.
You, God, prescribed the right way to live;
    now you expect us to live it.
Oh, that my steps might be steady,
    keeping to the course you set;
Then I’d never have any regrets
    in comparing my life with your counsel.
I thank you for speaking straight from your heart;
    I learn the pattern of your righteous ways.
I’m going to do what you tell me to do;
    don’t ever walk off and leave me.

The only way to walk in integrity is to have a standard, and that standard is God’s holy, unchangeable, living Word.  It's infallible, forever settled in heaven, and the only source of truth. 

Why not make it your daily go-to guidebook.

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