“The one who lives with integrity is righteous; his children who come after him will be happy.” (Proverbs 20:7)
Integrity seems to be a word of the past, an ancient word that does not apply to in today’s society, or in religion. Integrity is not taught in our homes, schools, nor in our churches, therefore we are seeing a rapid decline and decay happening in our society. One has to but watch the news to see that lying, cheating, stealing, dishonesty, and murder as a means by which we get ahead in life seems to be the acceptable way to do things today. Because of that, society is beginning to get more and more chaotic and violent than ever. Our children and grandchildren are suffering and are going to continue to suffer because of our hatred of integrity.
In today’s verse, God teaches us what integrity is and what it looks like in everyday living, and its benefits:
- “The one who lives with integrity is righteous;” – this is a person who lives to please God and do right by his fellow man, according to God’s standards, no matter the cost. This is a person who does what is right according to God’s standards and principles in private, as well as in public.
- “his children who come after him will be happy.” – this is the benefit of living a life of integrity. Our children and grandchildren will learn from us how to live a life of integrity, follow our example, and reap the earthly and eternal benefits of it.
As Christians, we must live a life committed to integrity just as Jesus did, no matter what it costs us. But how can we accomplish that? I think God, through the Apostle Paul, answers that question for us:
“and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
For more information on how to know Jesus and how to live as He lived, read and study the Bible every day and do what it says. Yep, its that simple!
- how will you obey today’s Scriptures?
- Which whom will you share today’s Scriptures?
- With whom will you share the story of your salvation and the story of what Jesus did for you on the cross?
In Christ’s love,