There is something we can have that is more priceless than any amount of money in our bank account or 401K. It’s more important than having a great job, social standing or powerful connections. You could say it’s even more important than what you’ll eat today, having shelter and clothes to wear… because if you don’t have it, you will always be looking over your shoulder, always be wondering when you’ll be found out, laying awake at night thinking about all the opportunities you blew to do the right thing, and how many people that may have hurt. Nothing can destroy Christian witness faster than lacking this—because nobody will believe whatever you say if you lack it. Today’s topic is integrity.The Enemy loves to attack our integrity, deservedly or not, as it discredits our work & witness. Click To TweetComparison is the opposite of Integrity—and it’s why many “good people” are going to hell. Click To Tweet
Table Talk Notes
Titus 2:7-8 | Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.
“integrity”: adiaphthoria (ad-ee-af-thor-ee’-ah) – incorruptibleness, that is, (figuratively) purity (of doctrine): – uncorruptness.
The Enemy loves to attack our integrity, deservedly or not, as it discredits our work & witness
The World’s idea of “integrity” is (or should be) different from Christians’.
- Mike Pence rule on not meeting with women when his wife can’t be there
- McAdams v. Marquette
- Re-interpreting of events & actions: Accusations against EPA’s Scott Pruitt
- Retroactive Judgment: Jim Jordan’s failure to report abuse 30 yrs ago
The OPPOSITE of God’s idea of integrity
Proverbs 6:16 There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, 19 a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.
Attacks on Job’s integrity
Job 2:3-10 | And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life. But stretch out your hand and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.” And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and struck Job with loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. And he took a piece of broken pottery with which to scrape himself while he sat in the ashes. Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
“integrity”: tûmmâh (toom-maw’) – innocence: – integrity.
Job 27:2-6 | “As God lives, who has taken away my right, and the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter, as long as my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils, my lips will not speak falsehood, and my tongue will not utter deceit. Far be it from me to say that you are right; till I die I will not put away my integrity from me. I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go; my heart does not reproach me for any of my days.
Integrity is personal—it doesn’t matter what others do or how hypocritical their words & actions, YOU are responsible to do what is right according to God!
Comparison is the opposite of Integrity—and it’s why many “good people” are going to hell.
Integrity is something we must actively practice… no matter the consequences
Psalm 101:1-7 | I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will make music. I will ponder the way that is blameless. Oh when will you come to me? I will walk with integrity of heart within my house; I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me. A perverse heart shall be far from me; I will know nothing of evil. Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure. I will look with favor on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks in the way that is blameless shall minister to me. No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes.
Integrity begins here.
- “integrity of heart” within your “house”: what are you doing and thinking when no one can see or know?
- “I will not set before my eyes anything worthless”: What do you watch, read, play, covet, listen to…that influences you?
- “it shall not cling to me. A perverse heart shall be far from me…”: What kind of person do you allow to influence you?
- “who walks…blameless shall minister to me”: From whom do you take advice, instruction, comfort?
- “No one who practices deceit…who utters lies shall continue before my eyes: What do you allow in your house? From your friends?
Tame your Tongue to walk in Integrity
Psalm 15:1-3 | O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord;
Psalm 34:11-14 | Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
Proverbs 21:23 | Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.
James 1:26 | If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.
Proverbs 10:8, 14, 18-19 | The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin…
The wise lay up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near…
The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool. When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.