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Friday, May 19, 2023

How Integrity Blesses Me

In Proverbs 20:7 I read, “A righteous person lives on the basis of his integrity. Blessed are his children after he is gone.” (GW)

The Bible says that God blesses those who have integritythose who have pure hearts. As Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart” (Matthew 5:8 NIV). 

So what blessings can I expect when I live my life with authenticity and a pure heart?

I’ll have the blessing of personal confidence. When I have integrity, I become the kind of person that other people like to be around because I know who I am and where I’m going

Proverbs 10:9 says, “People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed” (NLT).

When I don’t have integrity, it’s like walking on an icy path after a snowstorm. I’m putting every bit of my energy into trying not to fall. But when I have integrity, I’ll be standing on solid ground.

I’ll have the blessing of a lasting legacy. My greatest legacy is my integrity because it will last from generation to generation. Everything else I do gets lost. When I’m gone, my money will be divided and spent among my family. My work will be given to somebody else. All the trophies I’ve earned will be thrown in the trash and taken to the dump.

But my character is going to influence the lives of the people around me and even the lives of the next generation. It is a lasting legacy.

The Bible says in Proverbs 20:7, “A righteous person lives on the basis of his integrity. Blessed are his children after he is gone” (GW). 

I’ll have the blessing of rewards in eternity. Matthew 25:21 says, “You are a good and loyal servant. Because you were loyal with small things, I will let you care for much greater things” (NCV).

We tend to think that rewards come from the big moments of life, when everybody is watching. But it’s the small moments that reveal real integrity. Every small word of encouragement I give this week will be rewarded in eternity. Every small act of kindness will be rewarded in eternity. Every time I reject a temptation, I will be rewarded in eternity. 

Integrity is powerful. It makes a difference not just now but for eternity!

How my integrity makes a difference today and eternity is something I really need to keep in mind daily. Personally, I want my life to have purpose and to positively affect others, whether that’s through example, financial coaching or just friendships.