Words from the Heart for Monday April 19th, 2021
…you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery?…You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?
Romans 2:21-23 (NIV)
According to the website of the University of Waterloo, “Integrity is ‘the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles that you refuse to change.’ Integrity is a core value closely linked with virtue, honesty, and honour. A person of integrity strives to always find and make the ‘right’ decision. The University of Waterloo has six Values of Integrity, adopted from the International Center for Academic Integrity: Honesty, Trust, Fairness, Respect, Responsibility and Courage … Acting with integrity reinforces the university’s reputation as a leading teaching and research institution.”
Reputation is what others think of you. Integrity is what you think of yourself. Far too often lately, renowned Christian leaders have left their reputation in tatters when it has been revealed that they were not the men and women of integrity that we thought they were. The Bible is very clear about what God thinks of hypocrisy. Romans 2:21-23 says “…you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? …You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?” Christian leaders who call God’s people to a high standard are called to live by what they teach. There is no place in our lives for “do what I say, not what I do.” If we are going to teach the Bible, our lives had better line up with what we are teaching. We can’t do this on our own. It will take the power of Jesus to live a life of integrity. Fortunately, He is always ready to provide all we need. We just need to ask.
These have been words from the heart.