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Friday, November 6, 2015

Blessings From Living Life With Integrity

In review of Proverbs 20:7 it says, “A righteous person lives on the basis of his integrity. Blessed are his children after he is gone.”

Bottom Line:
A morally right person will live on the basis of his integrity, and blessed will be those who follow in his footsteps.

What this means to me:
An honest person will do what is right and live on the basis of his integrity. Those who follow his example will be blessed.

The verse reminds me that God will bless those who practice integrity (Matthew 5:8). As I live my life with authenticity and a pure heart I can obtain:

Personal Confidence - I will know who I am and where I’m going. I can be an example that others would want to be around.  Proverbs 10:9 says, “People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed” (NLT).  I’m learning that if I don’t have integrity, it’s like walking on an icy path after a snowstorm. I’ll end up putting every bit of energy into trying not to fall. When I have integrity, I’ll be standing on solid ground.

A Lasting Legacy - My greatest legacy will be my integrity, it can live on from generation to generation. My character is going to be translated into the lives of the people around me and then into the lives of the next generation - a lasting legacy.  Everything else that I do will likely be lost.  Today’s verse in Proverbs 20:7 says, “A righteous person lives on the basis of his integrity. Blessed are his children after he is gone” (GW).

Rewards in Eternity - Matthew 25:21 explains, “You are a good and loyal servant. Because you were loyal with small things, I will let you care for much greater things” (NCV). The tendency is to think that rewards are in the big moments of life, where everybody is watching. However, what I’m learning is that it’s the small moments that I show real integrity. I should consider this; Every small word of encouragement I give this next week will be rewarded eternally. Every small act of kindness will be rewarded in eternity. Every time I reject a temptation, I will be rewarded in eternity.

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