God Fights for Integrity

Have you ever “signed on the dotted line” too quickly? Ever make that one commitment that you wish you hadn’t? It’s not uncommon for us to rush into things too quickly… even in the body of Christ. What I want to share with you today is how God steps in and fights for us – even when we’ve made bad decisions sometimes! God honors integrity so much that He will come to the defense for the man or woman of God that walks in it.

PAY FOR THE SALSA & CHIPS, THERE IS JUST TOO MUCH AT STAKE (The bigger picture of dishonest gain)

Our whole family recently decided to eat out and we went to Chili’s.  The children wanted to go there for their new dessert.  It is these pan cookies , served hot in the pan, with ice cream and syrup.  I think secretly I want to go but blame it on them.  While we were there we got the bill and we did not get charged for some of our items. 

NOW WHAT DO YOU DO?

WHO DO YOU TALK TO?

Jesus and say “Jehovah Jireh, my Provider”.

or

To the waiter, “Excuse me , you forgot to put this on the bill”….secretly hoping he would say “just keep it don’t worry about it.” 

 

Even simple good sportsmanship can rise to the level of class act, as it did with tennis player Mats Wilander in the semifinals of the 1982 French Open. At match point, a shot by Wilander’s opponent was ruled out. Wilander walked over to the umpire and said, “I can’t win like this. The ball was good.” The point was played over, and Wilander won fair and square. (John Berendt, Esquire, April, 1991)

 

Wilander’s treasure was to hoist the French Open trophy in front of thousands.  It was his first chance at a Grand Slam title; he did not know that 6 more grand slam titles would come later. But this was the first, and he could have won the first with a dirty conscience.

 

 

Solomon says this in Proverbs 21:6

“The acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue

Is a fleeting vapor, the pursuit of death.”

 

Here it is in the Living Bible and The Message:

 

“Dishonest gain will never last, so why take the risk”

(Living Bible)

 

 

“Make it to the top by lying and cheating;

get paid with smoke and a promotion––to death”

(Message)

 

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