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A Life of Integrity

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March 25, 2022 8:00 pm

A Life of Integrity

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March 25, 2022 8:00 pm

Abel Mutai, a Kenyan runner competing in a grueling international cross-country race, was mere yards from victory—his lead secure. Confused by the course’s signage and thinking he’d already crossed the finish line, however, Mutai stopped short. The Spanish runner in second place, Ivan Fernandez Anaya, saw Mutai’s mistake. Rather than take advantage and bolt past for the win, however, he caught up to Mutai, put out his arm and guided Mutai forward to a gold-medal win. When reporters asked Anaya why he purposefully lost the race, he insisted that Mutai deserved the win, not him. “What would be the merit of my victory? What would be the honor of that medal? What would my mom think of that?” As one report put it: “Anaya chose honesty over victory.”

Proverbs says that those who desire to live honestly, who want their lives to display faithfulness and authenticity, make choices based on what’s true rather than what’s expedient. “The integrity of the upright guides them” (11:3). This commitment to integrity isn’t only the right way to live, but it also offers a better life. The proverb continues: “But the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity” (v. 3). In the long run, dishonesty never pays.

If we abandon our integrity, short term “wins” actually yield defeat. But when fidelity and truthfulness shape us in God’s power, we slowly become people of deep character who lead genuinely good lives.

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And welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread reading titled a life of integrity was written by Wim Collier a Bell time a Kenyan runner competing in a grueling international cross-country race was mere yards from victory is lead secure confused by the coarser signage and thinking he'd already crossed the finish line.

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What would be the merit of my victory.

What would be the honor of that metal. What would my mom think of that as one report put it, Anaya chose honesty over victory.

Proverbs 11 says that those who desire to live honestly, who want their lives to display faithfulness and authenticity make choices based on what's true rather than what's expedient the integrity of the upright guides them. This commitment to integrity isn't only the right way to live but it also offers a better life. The proverb continues but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity in the long run, this honesty never pays if we abandon our integrity short-term wins actually yield the feet. But when fidelity and truthfulness. Shape us in God's power. We slowly become people of deep character who lead genuinely good lives. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from Proverbs chapter 11 verses one through three. The Lord detests dishonest scales but accurate weights find favor with him. When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. The integrity of the upright guides them but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. Let's pray Lord you are honest and faithful and you want us to be the same. We pray that you would teach us to live uprightly and with integrity that we would shine your light on a dark and hurting world.

Thank you Lord Jesus name we pray. Amen. Thanks for listening today I'm Steven.

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