The Blessing of Integrity
What is integrity? The dictionary definition is, “the state of being whole and undivided.” In other words being in reality who you say you are. I’ve often heard integrity defined as what you would do if you could do anything you want and no one would ever find out, and there would be no consequences. What you would do then defines who you really are.
So why is integrity such a blessing? Without it we live our lives in constant fear wondering when someone will find out our secret. We force ourselves to hide and lie. Integrity allows us to be free – to have peace – to be whole.
David was a man with integrity. He was able to say with confidence to God (who knows everything about us):
Declare me innocent, O Lord, for I have acted with integrity; I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. (v.1)
…I live with integrity. (v.11)
How could David be THIS confident? What strategy did he use?
Examine me, O Lord, and try me; Test my mind and my heart. (v.2)
David asked God to examine him – to test him and show him where he came up short – where he was living a double life. This isn’t the only time David prayed this.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way. Psalm 139:23-24
Do use this strategy? Do you pray this prayer? Most of us would rather God would not look in our minds – we’re afraid of what He will find. We need to pray and ask Him to.
I began this practice a few years back – trying each day to ask God to search me as I go to sleep and when I wake up. Confessing whatever God brings to my attention and doing my best to change it.
- Will you pray now and ask God to search your heart and life?
- Will you commit to doing that each day?
By: Tim Parsons