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Devotional ~ Integrity as God sees it
As you know, we have been going through a horrific pandemic. It keeps us from effectively ministering as we used to do. We can’t have the social outings or outreach events that we once had. They may come in the future but right now it seems we must think out of the box. With all of that to consider I have been thinking lately about how my influence has an impact on others.
“The integrity of the upright shall guide them, but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.” (Proverbs 11:3)
The Bible tells us that trials and tough times are what bring about perseverance, endurance and character. The end result of taking tests and final exams, we hope, is maturing to the next level. We graduate from one grade to the next because we have met the criteria of the lower level in hopes that we will achieve a higher level. Have you ever had a hard class that you thought you would never pass?
I remember one particular class that was a real struggle, Greek. I studied hard, I did all the assignments, I made a pretty good grade on the test but it was a struggle. I gained a lot of knowledge and experience even though it was very challenging.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)
If God wants us to grow in Him, of course it will not be easy, however it will be very rewarding. Having character and integrity is doing the right thing, even when it doesn’t feel good or even when it is difficult. We must take up our cross daily and walk with the Lord in the mountains and valleys, even if it’s not what we want to do. What we want is different from what we need. God our Father knows what we need best, so just trust in Him.