Psalm 112:1-3 (ESV)
1 Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments!
2 His offspring will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.
In order to become a person of integrity, you must decide, once and for all, what will be the standard by which you define your moral code. In other words, which rules will you live by? David said that the person who lives according to the law, not only are they blessed, but they consistently make good decisions.
The Bible gives me inspiration and direction. It helps me define what is right and what is wrong, what is important and what is not important. The Bible gives me direction in a big picture sense of the word, in helping my shape the values of my life. It gives me direction in a little picture sense of the word, on a day-to-day basis.
Whenever I struggle with a problem or facing a big decision, unsure of how to proceed, suddenly the words of Scripture come to me – either from memory or from my daily Bible reading – and at that moment I knew the steps I needed to take: I need to forgive this person; I need to distance myself from that situation; I need to listen to counsel; I need to take a step toward reconciliation; or whatever the direction I need to take. That is why reading the Bible daily should be a priority for you. By spending time in the Word day-in and day-out you will receive direction for the decisions you make and the problems you face – big and small.
Not only that, you will also receive correction. Before you can get too comfortably settled in to a bad habit or a destructive pattern of behavior, the Bible will correct you – if you are willing to listen. The Bible will tell you: “You’re being judgmental. You’re being intolerant. You’re being unfair. You’re being lazy. You’re being dishonest. You’re being selfish.” The more time you spend in the Word, the more you understand yourself, and the more you understand what you need to change about you.
If you want to live a life of integrity, you need to decide today that you will build your life on knowing God and knowing His Word.
Because of Jesus,