• Jesus“God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8)
  • Our world is impressed with appearance, achievements or acquisitions, but the Lord is impressed with our ‘heart.’
  • “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
  • “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Proverbs 4:23)
  • When Jesus said the ‘pure in heart’ will see God, He was saying that they would experience the best of God’s presence, power, and purposes in their lives.
  • Being ‘pure in heart’ doesn’t mean someone is perfect, but it means that they have integrity in their hearts and lives.
  • Living with Integrity means our lives are characterized by:
    • Totalitywhat we believe and value impacts every part of our lives;
    • Authenticitywe are completely honest and transparent in our circumstances and relationships

    • Sincerity we do the right things for the right reason; and

    • Reliabilitywe are consistent in the way that we live

      • “Putting confidence in an unreliable person is like chewing with a toothache or walking on a broken foot.” (Proverbs 25:19)
  • We’re oftentimes interested in our pursuits, pleasures, possessions, prestige, etc., but the Lord is interested in the purity and integrity of our hearts
  • Jesus“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8)

WHY SHOULD WE STRIVE TO LIVE WITH INTEGRITY?

  • BALANCE TO OUR LIVES
    • “People with integrity have a firm footing, but those who follow crooked paths will slip and fall.”  (Proverbs 10:9)
    • When we don’t live with integrity, we ‘make messes’ for ourselves and others.
  • BOUNDARIES TO OUR LIVES
    • Honesty guides good people; dishonesty destroys treacherous people.”  (Proverbs 11:3)
    • When we have integrity, we are able to see the Lord and His will for our lives in better ways.
  • BENEFITS TO OTHERS LIVES

    • “The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them.” (Proverbs 20:7)

    • “The Lord curses the house of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the upright. (Proverbs 3:33)

  • BLESSINGS TO OUR LIVES
    • “If you pray to God and seek the favor of the Almighty, if you are pure and live with complete integrity, God will rise up and restore your happy home. And though you started with little, you will end with much.”  (Job 8:5-7)
    • Living a life of integrity will bring us rewards in this life, and in the next life.
    • The Lord to People in Heaven“Well done, My good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” (Matthew 25:21)

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO LIVE WITH INTEGRITY?

  •  TELLING THE TRUTH
    • The Lord is a big proponent of verbal integrity.
    • “The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful.”  (Proverbs 12:22)
    • “Cowards and unbelievers, and the corrupt, and murderers, and the immoral, and those who practice witchcraft, and idol worshipers, and all (habitual) liars – their doom is in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur.” (Revelations 21:8)
    • Being a liar indicates that the Devil is at work in our lives (John 8:44).
    • Being honest 80-90% of the time is not integrity.
  • KEEPING OUR PROMISES
    • “Like clouds and winds without rain is a man who boasts of gifts he does not give.” (Proverbs 25:14)
    • We need to be careful about making promises.
    • “It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows.” (Proverbs 20:25)
    • Resentment is a big problem in parent/child relationships and is often caused by broken promises.
    • “God blesses the one who walks with integrity… who keeps his promises even when it hurts.” (Proverbs 15:14)
  • REFRAINING FROM STEALING
    • When we don’t pay our bills we are involved in stealing from others.
      • “The wicked man borrows and never pays back . . .”  (Psalm 37:21)
    • We must pay our taxes as well as our personal debts.
      • “Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.(Romans 13:7)
    • “If you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?” (Luke 16:11)
    • When we don’t give our best at work we are involved in stealing from others.
      • Slack habits and sloppy work are as bad as vandalism.”  (Proverbs 18:19)
      • “Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” (Colossians 3:23)
  • REFUSING TO GOSSIP
    • The Lord is a big proponent of relational integrity.
    • “A gossip goes around telling secrets, but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.” (Proverbs 11:13)
    • “Slandering others makes you a fool.” (Proverbs 10:18)
  • BEING TRANSPARENT
    • “We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this.”  (2 Corinthians 4:2)
    • People with real integrity are not hypocrites – they are ‘real’ with others.
  • The ‘pure in heart’ will ‘see God’ – they will experience the best of God’s presence, power, and purposes in their lives.
  • “Who may worship in Your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter Your presence on Your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts. Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends. Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honor the faithful followers of the Lord, and keep their promises even when it hurts. Those who lend money without charging interest, and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent. Such people will stand firm forever.” (Psalm 15:1-5)

 

 

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Written by Manley Miller